Forgiveness Is Not an Option
God doesn’t ask us to do something He hasn’t already done for us.
Why do we find it so hard to forgive others? Why do we hold grudges and refuse others the privilege and honor of our forgiveness? We can think of at least one big reason: They have hurt us and consequently we don’t think they deserve our forgiveness (at least not for a while). Besides, they haven’t asked for our forgiveness. Why should we forgive someone who doesn’t want to be forgiven?
Whenever we get stingy with our forgiveness, we need to remember that in our relationship with God, we are the offenders and God is the offended. We have hurt God and don’t deserve His forgiveness, yet He didn’t wait until we asked Him to forgive us. Out of His deep love for us, He forgave us while we were still in rebellion to Him.
When we are reluctant to forgive others, we must remember that God wants us to.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13