Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Have you ever sat back and realized just how much forgiveness our Messiah gives us? Have you ever sat back and realized that over and over again, HE continues to give us second chances? Not only have we realized it but we also practice it. How often do we get angry with people for something they did and never take the time to forgive them. We must remember that we can not willfully sin against HIM though (Hebrews 10:26). We must always remember to show mercy just as HE shows mercy to us. If everybody in this world would have as much compassion as our Messiah has for us, we would never have evil amongst us Now we know there are some verses that says the wrong doer must ask for forgiveness before we forgive as in this verse (Luke 17:3-4). We feel that we don’t even need them to ask us to forgive them. Who are we to decide their intentions behind the sin. We don’t always know the motivation but we feel it is better to “take the high road”. Just forgive them in the same way our Messiah forgives us (Matthew 18:21). We don’t need to turn our backs on people just because they wronged us. We don’t have to give up on people just because they sinned against us. We just have to realize that those people are Yahweh’s people too. They are flawed just like we are flawed and we have to work on ourselves before we start trying to work on the sins of others around us (Matthew 7:5). Nobody in this world is perfect and we always must remember we need HIM to lead us. We must remember it is not our privilege to forgive others; it is our duty.