Forgive to be Forgiven
The word ‘ Forgive ’ means to pardon or overlook an offense. To offer someone ‘ Forgiveness ’ means we are willing to put it behind us and move on. It does not mean we have to accept unacceptable behavior. It does not mean unacceptable behavior should go unpunished.
As humans we are all sinners in need of forgiveness before we can enter God’s kingdom in heaven. We are reminded of this in John 8:7
John 8:7 (NIV)
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Even the highest have sinned and require forgiveness. God’s kingdom is open to all. But only those who have truly forgiven and repented for their sins and asked for forgiveness will be allowed to enter.
I truly believe our God is a loving and caring God. Jesus walked on the earth frequently communicating with his father (our father). Jesus looked for guidance from God and offered compassion to mankind. Jesus walked the earth in his fathers footsteps.
Jesus was not one of man but was one of God in the likeness of man. Jesus was without sin and yet he paid the ultimate price. Jesus knew that we needed to be forgiven before we could go to heaven. While on the cross he asked God to forgive us.
Luke 23:34-39 (NIV)
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
Jesus was without sin and yet he was being crucified. He could have saved himself but yet he chose to ask God to forgive those who did this to him.
I think it speaks volumes to the commitment of Jesus to bear our crosses so that we could have an opportunity to enter the kingdom of heaven. It also reinforces the fact that our father is forgiving and kind.
Jesus has placed the ball in our court and we must now follow through and forgive so that we may be forgiven
Matthew 6:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Clear your mind and soul, forgive those who have trespassed against you so you can ask our father to forgive your trespasses.