If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness; so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
(Psalm 130:3-4 NIV)
One of the many wonderful attributes of God is His forgiveness. He always stands ready to forgive, and He does so freely. The Bible tells us, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). On the other hand, it amazes me how mere humans can withhold forgiveness from others when God Himself is willing to forgive even the worst of sinners. To be honest, I struggled with forgiveness myself until I realized how it would affect my relationship with God. Someone, who knew me well and was aware of the situation, explained that my prayers wouldn’t reach God as long as I was holding on to the offence. I have to admit that choosing to forgive is the best decision I’ve made ever since. As His children, God expects us to forgive. Therefore, let us heed the wise words of the Bible to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave [us]” (Ephesians 4:32).
Forgive others just as God has forgiven you.