Word For The Week
"Forgive as the Lord forgave you"
Anyone who has been sinned against knows that forgiveness is not easy; it is costly to forgive. That sense of anger, grievance or bitterness can take hold of our hearts, and can be very difficult to escape. It can even distort our personalities or our outlook on life. So whilst it is costly to forgive, it is also costly not to forgive.
Jesus Christ makes a close connection between our ability to forgive others and our ability to be forgiven by God. He taught his followers to pray, "Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us". His parable of the unmerciful servant highlights the appalling hypocrisy of the person who sins are forgiven, yet who refuses to forgive others.
It is only when we grasp the sheer magnitude of the sovereign grace which washes our sins away and makes us holy in God's sight, that we will be able to forgive others when they sin against us. Forgiveness will still not be easy, but it will be possible for those whose lives have been touched by and infused with the grace of God.