Volume 34 Number 5

Forgiveness or not

Can you forgive? Do you have trouble forgiving?

Recently I was discussing how Michael Vick is such a great an athlete. In case you haven’t kept up with his career he was very successful as the starting quarterback for Virginia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons. He has been successful as quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles. And then there is another side of Michael Vick which cost him some prison time. He served his sentence and from all reports he has tried to learn from his crime.  But there are those who would forever brand him. I can’t do that.

If you are a Christian you have been forgiven a terrible debt when Jesus Christ washed your sins away. To be honest you didn’t deserve it nor did I. Jesus paid that debt because of His Father’s love for you and me (John 3:16).

Sometimes we get so self righteous. We can see the sins and faults of others but not ours. Romans 10:23, still says, “All have sinned and fallen short glory of God.” So, why do we play judge so much of the time?

Notice the words of Matthew 18:21, 22, Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. I once asked some young people if that meant that after 490 times I didn’t have to forgive tem anymore. Thankfully they were smart and knew better.

But at times we don’t get it do we? Jesus then told a parable in Matthew 18:23-35 about the unmerciful servant. From that parable we need to understand that we have a debt that is impossible to pay. If God can forgive us, why can’t we forgive?

Forgiveness or not is not an option.

Keith Bellamy, Woodville church of Christ, Woodville, Texas


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