Forgiveness, Love and Long Suffering

Forgiveness, Love and Long Suffering
It is easy to get caught up in holding a grudge. When we feel wronged we sometimes sit on it, think about it and get more upset about it. We may even give in to gossip and call up a girlfriend to talk about it. All of which are wrong and the opposite of God’s way. God tells us to be angry but do not sin. He also tells us to not let the sun go down on our wrath (Ephesians 4:26). This means we need to forgive.
Jesus told a story about an unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35.  The servant owed a huge debt to the master. The servant in this story represents us. The master is God. When the servant fell down at the masters feet asking for mercy, the master felt compassion and forgave the debt. Jesus died on the cross for our sin debt because He loved us and felt compassion for us.
Verse 28 says, “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.”. Other servants witnessed what was going on and told the master. The master then gave the servant over to the torturers until the debt could be repaid. When we refuse to forgive others, we are also given over to torturers. These torturers are guilt, oppression, hatred, bitterness, emotional and even physical torment. We won’t be free from these “torturers” until we make the decision to forgive. The sad part about this is, it only hurts us.
When people do us wrong, their debt to us is so small compared to the debt Christ forgave on the cross. He paid our debts with His life and we get upset and refuse to forgive someone over something as silly as something they may have said. Refusing to forgive someone for their wrong causes us to miss out on God’s forgiveness towards us (verse 35).
As Christians we are instructed by Christ to love one another. Romans 12:2 says ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  In doing this, we are putting on the mind of Christ and becoming a new man. Colossians 3:12-17 tells us what the character of a new man is. Part of that character is love, long suffering, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.
It would be absolutely awful if God never forgave any of my sins and reminded me of them all the time.
I have heard the saying about the woman scorned. I think that is a worldly thing. As women of God, we are transformed and our minds are renewed. So when we blossom, the only thing you see is fruit of the spirit.
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