Why forgive? The only example we can go by are the words of Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Friend.
Matthew 6 v 12: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”.
Why not forgive? When Jesus took our sins to the cross and forgave all of it with His own life, we lost the right not to forgive. When we understand what Our Lord and Our Friend has done, and He is asking us to do, the burden of anger became a different burden in our hearts. It has now become a burden of disobedience to Our Lord and Our Friend Who created us and then died for me.
As Jesus hung there on the cross, in pain, agony and covered in blood, on a cross but committed no crime, He said [Luke 23 verse 34} “Father forgive them for they do no know what they are doing”.
In His cry there would have been an emphasis on the word forgiveness, Father forgive!!! This is God’s heart for us, the true image and love of God who desperately wants to reconcile everyone back to Him. True love is not keeping track of wrong, but doing for others what Jesus has done for us.
Why forgive? Because we have been forgiven. Holding on to unforgiveness is like saying, “thank You Jesus, for dying for our sin, but Your blood is not big enough for our sins and the pain we feel.
None of us deserve forgiveness from God, but it is His nature to forgive us. In all our mess, unhappiness and darkness, He came to rescue us to give me a gift. A Gift of New-life, New-purpose, New-hope. to live the life He had always planned for us.
Jeremiah 29 verse 11: “For I know the plans I have for you”, this is the Lord’s declaration, “Plans for your welfare, not for disaster to give you a future and a hope”.
Jesus came to cleanse our lives, if we only believe.
Jesus came to give us New life, a life where we will always be eternally with Him
All to Jesus I surrender, All To Jesus I freely give, let make that our prayer.