Do you forgive those who have wronged you? Christ has called for us to forgive, no matter how many times a brother or sister has wronged us! This can be extremely challenging. To be better equipped to forgive like Jesus has called us to do, we can take a look at His actions, His teachings, and the benefits of forgiving others!
Through Jesus, we have an amazing example of grace and forgiveness. He died on the cross for our sins, even though we far from deserved it. Jesus explains the extent of our forgiveness should be bottomless! In Luke 17:4 (NIV), He states, “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Jesus is clear that we shouldn’t have a limit to our forgiveness! Jesus is a great example of this—even when He is suffering on the cross, He tells God, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Additionally, forgiveness is also essential to the retention of our relationships! The reality is we all have issues and flaws. We all inevitably will make mistakes and harm others. It is essential to forgive those who wrong us—when we are incapable of forgiving others, we are incapable of having friends! We need to show the same grace that Christ showed us to those in our lives. Remember, there’s a difference between forgiveness and trust! Christ isn’t asking us to trust everyone, only to forgive their actions!
In conclusion, forgiving others—especially when they have wronged you greatly—is tough! In these moments, we need to look at Christ and His examples of grace and forgiveness and remember that we are all flawed! We all have issues and we all need grace and forgiveness!
Dr. Derek Grier