The word strikes with so many wise saying like Forgive and Forget, A grudge is a heavy thing to carry, Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong, Repay evil with kindness and so on. All wise men are teaching humanity with all these sayings in order to create a world full of peace and love for old times. But even after being our knowledge is full of all such good thoughts we lack the attribute in some parts of our daily lives.
Peter asked Jesus of Nazareth,” Lord, how numerous times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?
Up to seven times?”. We all think ourselves as generous as Peter felt before the LORD when we are ready to forgive our sinners. Evil has created such a perception in our minds that we have forgotten this biggest command and attribute of the LORD. Only because of this we do not find it comfortable to live in today’s scenario.
GOD’S VIEW ABOUT FORGIVENESS
One day my young girl asked me that it has been so easy for the LORD to wipe humanity from the earth due to existing evil in all of us which the creator hates. We all understand this but fail to react. But as Jonah says (Jonah 4:2),” about the gracious and compassionate GOD, who is slow to anger and abounding in love who relents from sending calamities.
He sources his son to ascend on the wicked and the noble and pour rain on righteous and the unrighteous (Mathew 5: 44). Jesus’ words clearly show the concern for those who are strayed and how they should be dealt with in order to bring them back to Godly ways, quite naturally, through forgiveness.
In HIS reply to Peter Jesus gives the clear view of forgiveness (Mathew 18: 22) that not seven but its seventy times seven that a brother should be forgiven. Jesus made it clear to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Mathew 5: 44 – 45) that we all may be called the sons of our Father in heaven. We think our righteousness is that we love and pray for our friends and relatives who all are in good terms with us. But according to GOD’s perspective righteousness is to love and pray for our enemies. Jesus’s words clearly show the concern for those who are strayed and how they should be dealt with in order to bring them back to Godly ways, quite .naturally, through forgiveness. The need to forgive our sinners is clearly mentioned in the parable of the unmerciful servant by Jesus in Mathew 18: 23-35).
Very seldom can anyone die for a righteous man, though possibly for a good man someone might possibly dare to die? But when we were still powerless, Christ died for ungodly.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?
Jesus said, For if you forgive men after they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Mathew 6;14-15). Thus, he teaches his disciples the prayer mentioning, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. So, we should learn to forgive more to be forgiven more.
That’s the only principle on which peace and happiness depend among two humans whether husband and wife, whether two brothers/sisters, whether two business partners, whether two friends whether two enemies.
As Jesus said (in Luke 21:34), “ Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life and that day will close you unexpectedly like a trap.
Be continually on a watch, and pray that you just are also able to escape all that’s near to happen which you’ll be able to stand before the Son of Man. So, I would like to say if your marriage is not a happy marriage, start forgiving the spouse and pray for him/her. If your kids are annoying, start forgiving them and pray for them. If your colleagues are not in good terms with you, start forgiving them and pray for them. If your friends hurt you, mock at you, forgive them and pray for them.
Remember even on the cross Jesus forgave all who punished him and prayed to the LORD for the forgiveness of their sins. Also forgiving and praying for enemies.