07 Mar Forgive And Let Go
FORGIVE AND LET GO
Forgiveness is a commodity in short supply in today’s world. It has led to broken relationships among friends, relatives, colleagues, church members, tribes or ethnics, communities and nations. The ultimate of this is divorce in marriages, murders, arsons, communal disturbances and wars amongst nations. We have failed to learn from the common saying that “to err is human, to forgive is divine”.
When Apostle Peter, asked the Lord,” how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-23). To drive home His message, the Lord Jesus gave a story. In the story a certain servant owed his master so much money and wasn’t able to pay and in order to get his money back he decided he was going to sell the servant and his entire family to get his money back. Sometimes we also take actions to get even. The servant pleaded with the master for more time and out of compassion, the master wrote off his debt. The man and his family gained their freedom once again.
We are told that the same servant after regaining his freedom, a few moments after saw another servant who owed him less than what he is owing his master, “laid his hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, pay me that thou owest” (Matthew 18:28-29) He wouldn’t listen to his pleas, he put him into prison. We all have prisons in our hearts where we abhor grudges and resentments towards those who have offended or sinned against us. We look for an opportune time to get even. We make them prisoners in our hearts and our souls too are not liberated.
The master called the unforgiving servant “a wicked servant”, one because he was not compassionate, two because he had forgotten so soon his state of life before the master made him free from his debts and thirdly he didn’t give what he had received.
Of the wonderful thing that God has done for His creations, the gift of forgiveness is the most crucial. While we were yet rebels, Jesus came into the world to carry out God’s rescue mission. Jesus paved the way for forgiveness to be known between God and mankind.
In the concluding part of the story, we are told that the servant fell out of grace, he completely lost his freedom and was severely punished; “and his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him” (Matthew 18:34) Our Lord Jesus Christ, said this is exactly what will happen to everyone who does not forgive his brother from his heart for his trespasses (Paraphrased mine. Matthew 18:35)
You may have been hurt by a friend, a relation, your spouse, your colleague at work, a church member, or even your pastor in the past, but as someone who has received forgiveness from God, you should also forgive others and let go.
Life is a journey, don’t miss eternity.