Forgive one another. That’s it, have a good week!
I know what you’re thinking, “Hold on a minute. Forgive one another? You don’t know my story. There are people in my life who are unforgiveable. Besides, it doesn’t make sense. Why should I forgive them when they owe me something?”
You’re right. Forgiveness doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense unless you are a forgiven person.
When we open the pages of scripture, the apostle Paul tells us what to do with the grudges we hold against people who owe us.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
When Paul says “just as,” he means to the same degree or with the same intensity in which God, in Christ, forgave you.
That means we are to let people off the hook because our Heavenly Father let us off the hook. It also means that at Calvary, we lost the excuse not to forgive.
Again, I know what you’re thinking. “But they owe me something!”
You’re right, they do owe you.
But, when people ask for forgiveness, the truth is, they can’t pay you back. They can’t pay you back for all the years of misery they’ve caused you. They can’t be your “mommy” and “daddy” again. They can never make up for all the games they missed; can they?
So why hold on to a debt that someone can’t pay back?
As God forgave us of a debt we could not pay back, we are commanded to do the same toward others.
We are not just to treat others the way we want to be treated. Rather, we are to forgive others the way our Heavenly Father has forgiven us.