Our heavenly Father is not stingy with forgiveness. In fact, He is not stingy with anything but as a Father who loves, he is extravagant with everything. He is love and love forgives without even having to think about it. It is just His way. He cares like no one we know.
Sometimes I have felt unforgiven but it is not His problem. It is who I am listening to. He is very lavish with forgiveness. May I see it more and more. He is close at hand. He is near.
Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. Isaiah 55
“And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.” ~~ Apostle Paul
God has chosen us for a new life. It is a life of love. It’s characteristics are:
- Quiet strength
- Even tempered
And so, we should wear love everyday. It is a garment we should always put on.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14
Forgiveness is huge in God’s world. He is love. He forgives us. We must forgive others. Jesus emphasized this over and over. It is in the “model” prayer he gave us. To ignore it is to give our enemy an opening. We don’t want or need that.
And so, there must be no delay. We must forgive, over and over. We are forgiven. Let’s get on with it. Now.
The focus of my letter wasn’t on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church. So if you forgive him, I forgive him. Don’t think I’m carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I’m joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with us, guiding us. After all, we don’t want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief—we’re not oblivious to his sly ways! 2 Corinthians 2:9-11