Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just I had on you? Matthew 18:33
We have all heard or read or listened to a sermon on this passage about the man who was forgiven a great sum of money, only to throw another person in prison for a paltry sum. The LORD told Peter that he was to forgive 70 times 7 times and that doesn’t mean that there is a magical number of 490 times and then we don’t need to. What is being said is that we should have a Spirit of Forgiveness as does the LORD. GOD wants to Forgive us, and HE wants us to confess our Sin to HIM. HE knows that we have sinned and will forgive, 1 John 1:9. HE knows the Harm that unconfessed sin does to us and wants us to be relieved of that burden. Come unto ME all you who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you Rest.
Many would say that they are forgiven, but let me ask you. Have you forgiven You? GOD’S forgiveness is complete, for the sins we commit are paid for by Jesus. As with the unforgiving steward, we also need to, not only, forgive others but we must forgive ourselves, for past wrongs that we have done. To refuse to forgive ourselves and others is like saying that we know better than GOD and we are higher that HE, but in reality it makes us so small, and the Love of GOD is far from us.
We are All human beings and All are subject to failure, hence, “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of GOD.” Accepting others the way they are is what the LORD does for us, HE saves us right where we are at. HE doesn’t say to us, when we clean up HE will save us us, because HE knows that it is not possible for us to clean up enough for us to gain access to HIM, and so HE says, “Come, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Isaiah 1. The poor in Spirit are those who will be blessed, for they know that without the saving of the Cross they are completely lost.
So if it is unjust to be unforgiving of those who offend or owe us, then it is Equally unjust to continue to refuse to forgive ourselves and to judge ourselves when the LORD, Whom we say we trust, has judged us when we confessed and found us Justified, or just as if we had not sinned.
A line from the Shadow, was, “Do you know what it is like to not be able to forgive yourself for the thing you’ve done?” I know what it is like because I’ve been there, until I realized that I was being unjust to myself and to GOD. The LORD has taken the burden of sin and so we do not have to carry it. We come to the Cross and lay down that burden and leave it at the Foot of the Cross where that burden has been paid for. Unforgiveness leads to bitterness and sickness, depression and all kinds of maladies, so the LORD tells us to forgive if we want to be forgiven. To be forgiven by GOD and not to forgive ourselves is to carry around in our bodies death, and we are not called to death but to life. For it is Appointed Once unto man to die and then comes the Judgement. When we come to Jesus and confess our sin and ask for forgiveness then we have died and been judged, then, “There is now No Condemnation, to those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8.
Let me encourage you today, that if you have not forgiven yourself of past wrongs, that you have done, that you do so Immediately, if not sooner, and let loose of the burden that is weighing you down. Let the Words, Jesus Loves You have New Meaning today.