From Ben – 28 July 2019

Today (Sunday), as we continue our studies on the Apostles’ Creed, we will look at the important area of understanding God’s gracious forgiveness to us and our responsibility to forgive others. It is important for us to see that the two sides of forgiveness are inseparable. Only too often we, as God’s people want to bask in the warm rays of God’s forgiveness, claiming that through Calvary our sins, past, present and future are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) but we stop short of allowing the implication to filter into our lives by being willing and ready to forgive others.

Jesus tells a story in Matthew 18 of a man who was graciously forgiven and released from a huge debt by his master. However, he in turn was owed a little by a friend. Instead of showing a reflection of the grace and compassion he had been shown, he had his friend arrested and put into debtors’ prison until he paid back the last bit of the debt.

The application of the story is a call for us, who have been forgiven so much by God’s grace, to be ready and willing to forgive others who have wronged us. May I be quick to add that forgiveness is sometimes a process and not an event. Forgiveness may take time and have to be repeated over an over until we come to the place of being able to release the person who has wronged us.

Bishop J.C. Ryle said, “forgiven people are forgiving”

Is there someone you still need to forgive? Do remember 1 Cor 13:4  love keeps no record of wrongs

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