I’d like to share something the Holy Spirit has being laying on my heart for a while now; it’s about the issue of forgiveness.
I’ve being reluctant to write about it because I just felt I’m not qualified to talk about forgiveness. You see forgiveness is something I used to struggle with, it’s not a really easy thing to do especially when it’s from someone you least expect.
Anyway, this morning after reading the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, i decided to write about it.
It’s from Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold<sup data-fn="#fen-NIV-23752h" data-link="[h]”>was brought to him.
25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’
27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.<sup data-fn="#fen-NIV-23756i" data-link="[i]”>He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.
33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’
34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unles3s you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.
What struck me in this story is that; this is exactly how a lot of Christians are, God forgives us but we find it very difficult to forgive others, and I believe that’s just hypocritical.
I used to be of the school of thought that even though you’ve forgiven someone, it’s still not of place to be careful of them considering what they’ve done in the past, but I’ve realized that is not the way of Christ.
Isaiah 43: 25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
May the Lord help us as we strive more to be like him, Amen.