NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.
Is your forgiveness toward others a one time action or a continuous action? At what point can you stop forgiving?
One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets
of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads
are wet and slick.
Suddenly, my son Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in
the front seat.
“Mom, I’m thinking of something.”
This announcement usually meant he had been pondering some fact for a while and was now ready to expound all that his
seven-year-old mind had discovered.
I was eager to hear. “What are you thinking?” I asked.
“The rain,” he began, “is like sin and the windshield wipers are
like God, wiping our sins away.”
After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond.
“That’s really good, Matthew.”
Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy take
this revelation? So I asked… “Do you notice how the rain keeps
on coming? What does that tell you?”
Matthew didn’t hesitate one moment with his answer:
“We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us.”
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
He offered the bread and cup to all of the disciples, even Judas. Christ knew the terrible betrayal coming from one of his close friends, and yet he still offered forgiveness. Christ not only made a way for us to be forgiven, He had to personally forgive us.
Elsewhere, we are told that if we don’t forgive others, how can God forgive us? When we come to the table of mercy, I invite you to contemplate whom it is that you need to forgive. Is there someone with whom you hold a grudge? Have they hurt you in some way that renders you incapable of forgiving them?
Mark 11: 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Again we see Jesus in the midst of the most unbearable hurt, injustice and suffering show us His true heart of love.
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left.
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
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