If we love one another as our Lord has loved us, and as He has commanded us, then we must also be willing to forgive one another. Yes, I mean for real!
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
This is all very easy to say, but when we are hurting it isn’t always easy to do! But if we refuse to forgive others, our growth in the Lord will be stunted. How can I approach the throne of grace while refusing to forgive someone? (Think about it) It is backwards to ask God for forgiveness when we are holding a grudge against someone else. So the question moves forward, how many times do we need to forgive our brother who keeps on messing up?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
I think it is fair to say that Jesus’ reply is essentially that we need to forgive as many times as it takes… But why do we need to be so forgiving?
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I don’t like to think about how many sins Jesus has forgiven me for, how about you? Nobody in the world has sinned against me as many times as I’ve sinned against Him, and He has forgiven me, how can I argue when He calls upon me to forgive others?
To grow in our walk with Jesus, to really be His disciple, we must know what the Master knows and do what the Master does. The Master forgives, so must I. The truth is that when I meet God face to face, I am counting upon His mercy, and I hope to avoid, by His mercy, His justice! As a disciple, I must decide to love my neighbor as myself and place their interests before my own and I must commit to forgive even when I’m hurting. This isn’t always easy, but the reward is worth the effort:
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy