We don’t forgive people because they deserve to be forgiven. We forgive because God has commanded us to forgive.
There are so many instances throughout life that we will deal with hurt caused by people. There are those who have been hurt by their family, their workplace, the church, etc. The common factor is people. Instead of resenting them, forgive them. Instead of cursing them, pray for them. Let go of the grudge and let God fight your battles for you.
God doesn’t forgive us because we deserve to be forgiven. He forgives us because of His great love for us.
As an internet society we get so offended by every little thing. Stop getting offended so easily. What’s that story that Jesus tells us about turning the other cheek? The Bible doesn’t explicitly say, but I am pretty sure that applies to the internet as well.
Be quick to ask forgiveness and quick to forgive others. Forgive them even when they’re not sorry. Forgiveness brings freedom of your mind and peace to your soul. People will see Christ in you by your forgiveness of others.
Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor
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!”
Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.