I’ve been contemplating this concept for a while now and although I’ve fought my conclusion countless times, I still believe I’ve reached one worthy of sharing. As Christians, we fail constantly and we quickly become filled with guilt and want nothing more but forgiveness. We know God forgives us freely, even in the sinful act, so how can we not grant that same mercy to others? Forgiving others can be difficult, particularly when it isn’t the first time, but it can be even harder to let them back into our lives as God does for us.
Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
I’ve been trying to forgive a certain friend for a while now and I’ve gone back and forth on my decision. Every time I ask God for his forgiveness, I remember that he too is counting on me to forgive as he does us. When God forgives us, he forgets the wrongs and we are purely clean. No lie, sexual act, cheat, or abandonment is ever held up against us in the eyes of God.
After I thought more about this I realized that it’s essential that I, too, forgive others in this manner. God has a plan and I’d be wrong to stop that from happening – sin is forgiven to be forgotten. We all mess up at times and think about how much better of a place the world would be should we all forgive and forget. We spend enough time basking in our own guilt, we don’t need that to be held against us by our friends or others around us. Learning to truly forgive others as God forgives us not only sets others free but ourselves as well.