- Day 119
Verse of the day.
Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
We say that to err is human, and to forgive divine. The natural human reaction to offence is evidently seldom forgiveness; it is often a desire for retribution. So, when God requires that we bear with one another and forgive one another, He is indeed asking us to imitate Him and express an aspect of His character which granted us uninhibited access to Him.
Forgiving Like Christ
As imitators of God, we are not only required to forbear and forgive one another. We are required to forbear and forgive as Christ forgave us.
Wisdom permeates all of God’s expressions and must not be missed. There are people who exemplified forgiveness through scripture. Joseph forgave his brothers who sold him into captivity, Job forgave his companions who wrongly accused him as the cause of his woes, he also forgave his wife who’d wrongly advised him to curse God and die. Yet, when we are admonished to forgive, we are admonished to forgive like Christ forgave us. What then is the nature of Christ’s forgiveness?
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There is no depth of sin one has fallen into and no amount of times one has fallen into said sin that Christ cannot forgive. As joint heirs with Him, it’s only ideal that we forgive like He did.
It is natural for offences to arise, but when they do, our forgiveness must know no limits, just like Christ’s toward us knew none.
Do not say you did Christ little wrong before He forgave you for You had wronged Him infinitely by your very nature before salvation.
Christ’s forgiveness is a gift not earned but received. He did not await our apology before He forgave. If He did, then we would have earned His forgiveness. But long before we came to salvation, Christ had forgiven us. Our coming to Him at salvation only helped us receive this offered forgiveness along with the amazing riches of His grace.
To imitate the nature of Christ’s forgiveness, rather than await the apologies of our offenders, we must reach out and offer our forgiveness before they ask. When we do this, our forgiveness remains a gift as Christ’s, rather than one earned with an apology.
How often do you hear Jesus say, “remember I forgave you of this; why then do you treat me this way?” If Christ never does that, we mustn’t either. We mustn’t remind our offenders of their offence. Our forgiveness must put an end to the offence like they never existed. Jesus did this, we must do same.
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Father, You have the heart and template for true forgiveness. In focusing and resting in your forgiveness towards me, I receive the grace to forgive others just like You did. Amen.
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