Being hurt by someone in this life is inevitable. The offense may come from someone close to us, or from someone we barely know. The offense may be an intentional, malicious attack, or a negligent careless act that resulted in you being emotionally, psychologically or even physically wounded.
Regardless of the source, the motive or lack thereof or even the extent of the hurt we are called by God to forgive.
God is an holy, pure and perfect God. In Him there is nothing defiling or corrupt. Nothing that would make him worthy of torment or even death. Yet when He, as Jesus Christ, donned the likeness of sinful flesh, he was intentionally spit upon, maliciously mocked, sadistically slapped, willingly whipped with 40 stripes that ripped the skin and flesh from his body; forced to bear the burden of a cross he did not deserve, dragging it up Golgatha upon a beaten and bloodied body while blood dripped down his face from wounds incurred by the crown of thorns worn in his tangled hair;
nailed to the cross by his hands and feet, and raised in mockery for all to see, hanging willingly between two theives, Jesus did this for you and for me.
At the foot of the cross, they tossed lots for his clothing, not knowing the cause of what they were beholding. The crowd jeered and they mocked and cried evil things. But Jesus hung there enduring the pain.
of the words and the wood that dug in his back, the fluid building in his lungs when his lags would go slack. Yet despite what was said to him, and this wanton attack, Thinking of us, Jesus endured and he never railed back, as a matter of fact, He said to the Father and these words are true; Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
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Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Matthew 18:21-35 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
A PARABLE OF FORGIVING
23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.