There are some days when genuine forgiveness seems like such a rare commodity! I read last week that we live in a "dog-eat-dog" world not a "dog-forgive-dog" world. Some nurse their sores and their grudges like they are precious children in hopes of keeping them alive. Some go to elaborate lengths to rationalize behavior all in the attempt to avoid the act of forgiveness! It is sad, but it is true! In our society, authentic forgiveness is as rare as teeth on a hen or lips on a chicken!
Many talk about "burying the hatchet" but a map is always kept handy that carefully marks the spot where the hatchet has been buried so that it might be dug up again for emergency use.
Why does God tell us to forgive?
Well, I see two main reasons.
First of all, we are called to be Holy as He is Holy! Enough said! Secondly, God knows that life stinks for us when we are not willing to forgive. So many feel as if we are punishing the other person when we refuse to forgive, but in all actuality, we are punishing ourselves.
We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive. The Christian is called to resemble “Our Heavenly Father.” God forgives so we must forgive!
Who do you resemble?