Forgiveness (Biblical Perspectives)

Matthew 31:32-35
Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.

   From the parable referred to above we see that God takes our unforgiveness seriously and the message that is conveyed is for all of us. Jesus tells the prophetic story about the forgiveness he would secure for mankind through his death on the cross.

God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants. In reality the servant (us) could never repay the debt. When the servant realises that he could not repay the debt (our sin) and throws himself on the mercy of the king- this is our act of repentance.

“the Lord of the servant was moved with compassion and loosed him and forgave him the debt.” (Matthew 18:27).

God’s grace demonstrated through Christ’s sacrifice is the only means whereby the debt of sin owed by mankind was cancelled once and for all. The parable could end there- Christ has a deeper lesson for us to learn and to do so he exposes our inherent hypocrisy. The story contrasts God’s unfathomable grace with our narrow-minded selfishness. Unforgiveness is a sin which separates us from God.

The message that forgiveness of others is essential to our salvation applies to us all and it is echoed in many of Jesus’ teachings and enshrined in the “Lord’s Prayer “in Matthew 6:14-15. Forgiveness of others is a prerequisite of God’s forgiveness of us. In the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:7) Christ tells us plainly that it is only those who are merciful, who qualify for God’s mercy.

There is an immutable divine law associated with forgiveness and through it God is training us to become loving towards others as he is towards not only us but the whole of mankind. Forgiveness provides us with the opportunity to exercise grace to people who like us, are ungrateful and undeserving. It is only when we are moved with God’s compassion towards others that we can reflect his character of love. Like God’s love, forgiveness is unconditional and without it, we are lost.


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