The only way for us to truly forgive others is to truly see and understand what God has done for us.
Romans 3:10-12 states:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
How would you like to be convicted in court of never seeking God, of becoming wholly unprofitable, and of never doing good?
Romans 5:8-11 goes on to say:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
General Oglethorpe said to John Wesley, “I never forgive.” Wesley wisely replied, “Then, Sir, I hope you never sin.”
We should remember our own faults when we remind ourselves of other’s faults. We should consider that we ourselves are only debtors to God’s great mercy. When we take this truth to heart, then we will live a life of gracious forgiveness, forgiving others even before they trespass against us.
Little men cannot forgive. – Author Unknown
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder