Forgiveness is the act of forgiving. Forgiving is allowing room for mistake, error or weakness. At times in our forgiveness, we are not really forgiving. When we forgive and we still carry the burden or nourishing that seed, plant or tree of error of the other person in our mind, that is not forgiving. Forgiveness is a thing of the mind which we should allow to flow. When we decide to forgive, we should be able to forget also. At times people say, I forgive you but i will never forget. Forgiveness should not be accompanied with condition if not it is no longer forgiveness. Most of the time, we will refuse to forgive our neighbor and we expect God to forgive us.
How many times can we forgive our neighbor? The scripture says that, ”Then Peter came to Him and said, Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven – Matthew 18 : 21 – 22.
When Jesus Christ said, ”Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do” – Matthew 23 : 34. Jesus Christ did not attached condition to His forgiveness. If really we are followers of Christ, as we always claim, why should we attach condition to our forgiveness when He did not thought us to do so. Therefore, attaching condition to forgiveness is not from God, it is a thing of the flesh and we should not allow the things of the flesh to take control of our heart.
Everlasting Father, I appreciate You for all that You have done for us by sending Your only Son Jesus Christ to come and die for us even when we were sinners. Help us to develop a heart of forgiveness without condition as Jesus Christ has forgiven us without condition so that we can fully be inheritance of Your Kingdom in the name of Jesus Christ.