Christians Must Keep To The Bible’s Instruction on Forgiveness
(Passage: Matthew 18)
Jesus Christ used the simplest of languages to explain what forgiveness is all about. While Peter struggled with the requirements and wanted to validate his reasoning, Jesus challenged him with some big numbers to keep his common sense in check. However, it wasn’t the numbers that mattered, but the core message passed across. It must be understood that a Christians should not keep any record of an offense, but forgive whoever has wronged them. The Bible reported,
“… Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22)”
The Holy Spirit Energizes Us To Forgive Easily
Jesus Christ focused his teachings on the requirements of God’s kingdom, of which forgiveness is one of them. Jesus even taught his disciples to request that God should pardon them, as they release those who have offended them. That is, every child of God must forgive other people to receive the forgiveness of God! Christ himself opened the pathway of forgiveness and salvation for us when he died on the cross for our sins! The scripture testified; “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Therefore, since we are saved by grace, we ought to extend the same grace to other people by forgiving their offenses. Although it might be difficult to forgive sometimes, we have no choice but to let go offenses. It is, also, the major reason why Christians ought to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit at all times. The Spirit of God will energize us to forgive others and live uprightly with Him!
Forgiveness is one of the most important part of living. Jesus instructed us to forgive seventy times seven times, which simply means we should forgive always.Click to tweet
The call to forgive others may be hard, but we can do it – by the help of the Holy Spirit! Click to tweet
Pray For The Grace To Forgive Easily
Dear God, please give me the grace and strength to forgive people who have wronged me. Help me to practice forgiveness as you demonstrated it on the cross. Please give me a tender heart like the little children to forgive others. Empower me to walk uprightly before you so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
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