“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
We were forgiven of ALL of our sins, not just the “little” sins but the dirty ones, the big ones, the ugly ones. I state it this way because that is the way some of us look at sin. We try to categorize and rate sins against one another. The truth is SIN is SIN. There are no “little” sins. ALL sin is “big” “dirty” “ugly.” I can say that with confidence, because each and every sin, the slander of your co-worker to the murders we hear about every day, they ALL put Jesus on the cross. They all called for Jesus’ perfect sacrifice and His holy blood.
The AMAZINGLY GOOD news is that we were forgiven of all of it, freely forgiven.
Today let us recognize that sins committed against us are truly committed against our father in heaven and guess what, Jesus died for those, too.
As he died…
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34a NIV
We too are called to forgive as Paul reminds us in Ephesians. Let us not be the wicked servant found in Matthew:
“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?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 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. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:21-35 NIV
Today, as you remain in Christ, you have been given the power to forgive those who wrong you. Follow Jesus’ lead and be who you are.
YOU ARE FORGIVING!