Forgive as you have been forgiven. Okay, you got me on this one. It is humanly impossible to forgive as we have been forgiven. After all, God has forgiven not only what we have done before this moment, but everything we will do throughout our entire life. Can you say the same? I cannot. Unfortunately my human side escapes all too often and I hold people accountable for things that I could just as easily overlook or forgive.
Colossians 3:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Forgiveness is a big word and can sometimes require a large effort on our part. People in our world will do things overtly, covertly or by mistake that offend us. We hve a choice, however, in the way we deal with them. We can take a breath and understand they are just as human and fallible as us, or we can react and inspire hard feelings or reflect a lack of understanding for the teaching of the Holy Bible.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not profess to have all the answers and always treat people exactly right. But I do profess to love God and I am constantly trying to understand his instructions. Everyone deserves forgiveness, no matter how heinous their transgression.
We may not like this truth. It flies in the face of our idea of justice. When people do bad things they should be punished. We do bad things all the time. If you do not believe me refer back to the A topic of this A to Z challenge, Admit. In the video clip Kirk Cameron can explain it quite succinctly. We ALL sin. We all deserve punishment, but God chooses to forgive us if we ask. Why should we not try to aspire to do the same?