Forgive Someone

20th MARCH 2022

Christ for Youth International

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven” [Matthew 18:21–22 NLT]

God loves us and made the first move towards reconciliation by giving us His son. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus Christ teaches us how to pray to the Father, who has not restrained His love from us even in the blur of our sins. “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts and have given up resentment against) our debtors.” [‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:12‬]

God really loved us even before we knew how to receive this love. This love does not make sense, and that is exactly how we have been called to love. It is certainly a humbling thought, that He did not call us a lost cause even while we were deep in sin. Offences are difficult to get over sometimes; we do not discount that. Maybe you are reading this thinking no one understands the pain. You are probably thinking about how it is not always easy to let go.

Forgiveness is not entirely an easy thing to do if we try to do it from our own understanding because our minds may recount a million and one reasons why not to. Think on this for a minute, though: Jesus Christ thought you and I were to die for, knowing how flawed we were. We might have felt this way for a very long time before we accepted His proposal of love.

However, Jesus Christ has, in Himself, shown us the standard. Whichever permutation we try, it circles back to forgiveness. It is hard, but forgive. The Lord loves us enough to handle everything while giving us comfort even when we are hurting. As the singer/songwriter Kofi Nkrumah said, “No matter how concrete your reason, remember how you’ve been forgiven.” Jesus Christ does not just admonish us to, He gives us the ability. He makes it possible. Being born again makes forgiveness possible. You carry God’s DNA and are called and set apart from the world.

In our daily walk as children of God, we are bound to face hurt, disappointment, betrayal and persecution. The onus is on us, however, to see beyond the pain and extend this same grace to others. We learn that in praying for forgiveness of sin we have agreed to forgive others just as He, God, has relieved us of all of our debts in sin. Extend grace to someone today — let it go and choose love.

Dear Father, thank You for love. Thank You for making the first move towards me. Thank you for forgiving me. Father, I deeply pray that You heal my hurting heart and teach me to forgive. Thank you that because of this love, I too can freely forgive.

Further Reading: Matthew 6:10–15

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel [9–12]

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