We have so much to be thankful for. If we are saved by God’s grace, we should be eternally grateful for God’s overwhelming grace as…
When we forgive, it is a poor and humble business compared with God’s forgiving us, because we are only forgiving one another, that is, forgiving fellow-servants; whereas when God forgives us it is the Judge of all the earth forgiving, not his fellows, but his rebel subjects, guilty of treason against his majesty. For God to forgive is something great; for us to forgive, though some think it great, should be regarded as a very small matter.
“Some of you may say, ‘You seem to think us a bad lot’ —and so I do. Others exclaim, ‘How can you talk to us in this way? We are a honest, moral, and upright people.’ If so, then I have no gospel to preach to you. You may go elsewhere if you will, for you may get moral sermons in scores of chapels if you want them; but I am come in my Master’s name to preach to sinners, and so I will not say a word to you Pharisees except this— By so much as you think yourselves righteous and holy, by so much shall ye be cast out of God’s presence at last. Your sentence will be eternal banishment from the presence of him who hath said to every repenting sinner, ‘I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will not remember thy sins.’”
“Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?” —Mark 2:9
When Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic, the scribes were outraged. “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7, ESV).
We are bound to love even sinners, and not to drive them from the land of hope, but seek to reclaim even these. Is a man a rogue, a thief, or a liar? I cannot love his roguery, or I should be a rogue myself. I cannot love his lying, or I should be untrue; but I am bound to love him still, and even though I am wronged by him, yet I must not harbor one vindictive feeling, but as I would desire God to forgive me, so I must forgive him.
“And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.” —Luke 11:4
Some may wonder, “If I fail to forgive, does that mean I don’t have forgiveness from God.” God forbid. To suggest that would imply that my forgiving others is required for the blood of Jesus Christ to have any power. That can’t be true for it is written in Ephesians 1:6-7, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”