Guest Blog written by: Molly Watkins
Forgiveness is one of the hardest things for people to do. It’s easier to hate someone who wronged you than to forgive them and move past it. In Matthew 18 Jesus tells a parable dealing with forgiveness. A master forgives one of his servants from a very large debt, but that same servant turns around and has a fellow servant thrown in jail for not paying back a small debt. The master hears about this and is outraged. He had forgiven this man’s debt and he can not forgive another man’s? He throws his servant in jail to be tortured for what he did.
Isn’t that how we like to act. We can beg all day to get the forgiveness, but when it comes time to dish it out we turn up our noses. What if God was like that? What if when we begged for forgiveness, He just turned his nose up because he didn’t feel like being nice that day or our debt was too great to him. He doesn’t do that, though, God wants us ALL to have a chance for redemption. He wants each and every one of us to be able to experience his love and be with him in Heaven one day. He doesn’t pick and choose based on our sin because no sin is too great for him.
Why can’t we be more like that? Everyone deserves a chance to be forgiven no matter what debt they owe. God wants us to be like him, and that means throwing pride aside and being the bigger man. Forgiveness may be hard, but it is much more rewarding to everyone in the end.