FORGIVENESS IS A RESPONSIBILITY
Forgiveness is a responsibility of every believer. It is a readiness to pardon offenses, to overlook personal wrongs against oneself, and to harbor no desire for retaliation. You must take forgiveness very serious, because God has forgiven you of your sins and now He expects you to do the same with your brothers and sisters.
The greatest example of one who forgives is God Himself. The basis of His forgiveness is the work of Christ at Calvary. And we are the unworthy objects. God could not forgive sin without proper satisfaction being made. In His love He provided the satisfaction which His righteousness demanded. In Christ, that is, in His Person and work, God found a righteous basis on which He could forgive us.
Since He forgave us when we were in debt “millions of dollars,” we ought to forgive others when they owe us “a few dollars”
Now listen to what the word of God says to us, “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”
At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:18-21 MSG)
Jesus wants us to understand that all sins of temper and tongue must be put away, for He wants us to learn to love one another. When we harbor an unforgiving spirit, it hinders our ability to love. Therefore, Jesus says this to us, “Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you”. (Ephesians 4:32 AMP)
When someone does you wrong, a spirit of forgiveness must prevail in your heart and you must, “Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, and profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 MSG)
The very moment a person wrongs me I must forgive him or her. Then my soul is free. If I hold the wrong against him or her I sin against God and against him and jeopardize my forgiveness with God. Whether the person repents, makes amends, asks my pardon or not, makes no difference. I have instantly forgiven him. He must face God with the wrong he has done; but that is his affair and God’s and not mine save that I should help him according to Matt. 18:15 etc. But whether this succeeds or not and before this even begins, I must forgive him.
Free your mind, free your soul, and be free indeed; always be willing to release from the spirit into the natural, a spirit of “FORGIVENESS!”