Code Four-Ninety!

I was in a meeting recently and a topic came up about forgiving others. As much as I could, I made my contributions when I felt the need to. But as everyone else spoke, something caught my attention and it was the truth that we (Christians) ought to forgive everyone that wrongs us.

Colossians 3:13

[13] Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

You know there’s a way the human mind and perception has placed a weighing scale on the ‘level‘ or gravity of offenses.  I’ve heard people refer to a particular offense as ‘small’ and some others ‘heavy or big‘. But the scripture isn’t even bothered about the gravity of that person’s offense. An offense is an offense!

Matthew 18:21-22

[21] At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
[22] Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

We all have that list in our minds where we unconsciously record offenders, offense type and how often they err. You know what the Lord is saying to you, forgive! No matter the pain they’ve caused you or how much trust you had in them got broken, please, forgive.

Recently, I had an experience and each time I think back to all the person put me through, I cry and I feel the pain afresh. So, I understand it if you say it’s not easy. But Jesus never said it’ll be totally easy to let go of hurt caused by someone, but you just have to try. On the long run, it is for your sake. How? It eases you of the weight that hinders you from flying and soaring sky high.

Isaiah 43:25

[25] “But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins–that’s what I do. I don’t keep a list of your sins.

Do you know how much of God’s character we’re supposed to emulate? All! And forgiving is one strong character He wants you and I to try out. Quit complaining or dragging your feet around on this issue if your destination is God. Try to activate the 4-9-0 code and let’s see how it goes…

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