“God’s forgiveness is made actually available and is personally experienced by man just in so far as he forgives his fellows.” [UB 1862:01]
Thought Adjuster: “To most of you, Forgiveness is a complex and difficult process. It is hard for immature human minds to wrap themselves around it. This is the reason why Jesus explained it with parables, making it more relatable. The above statement can be clarified by the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant where a king took pity on his heavily indebted slave and forgave his debt in full. But that same slave went to a fellow-slave who owed him a much smaller amount, threatened him and even threw him in prison. Hearing this, the lord harshly reprimanded his servant and punished him. “Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” …. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” [Matthew 18-21:35]
Forgiveness is a precious GIFT. Such gifts come from pure hearts and are meant to go straight to the heart of their recipient and transform it. Whenever you are forgiven for something that weighed heavily on your shoulders, you stand straighter and feel an amazing sense of relief invade your being.
Godlikeness has much to do with the ability to forgive. If you are unable to share with others what you receive from God, you still have much personal work to do. The free passes you are given by God or your fellows are meant to be ‘freely’ shared with others. Forgiveness is another fruit of the Spirit that can miraculously multiply itself in an amazing ripple effect.
“What can I do to repay You?” should be the question you ask your Heavenly Father or those who are merciful toward you. “Pay it forward!” would be the answer.
Dear ones, ask for forgiveness for the errors of your ways. Receive it and pass it forward to those who have offended you—whether or not they solicit it should not make any difference in your behavior.
Just as the Father ‘forgets’ your past offenses and gives you a clean slate, so should you behave toward your siblings. This is how you become ‘unconditionally’ loving and increasingly Godlike. By attaching strings to your half-hearted attempts to forgive, you void them instantly, as you fail to sever your personal attachment to the events in need of healing.
Forgiveness wipes out all debt. Yet, many of you lord their magnanimity over those they supposedly forgive. “You owe me one” becomes a means of undue pressure—an accessory to emotional ‘blackmail’, a travesty of forgiveness. It is emotional manipulation.
Forgive, forget, and let forever go! The Father’s forgiveness should help you reform your ways toward those who caused you harm. Look at them with the same parental heart as the Father views you. Rather than promoting an eye for an eye, promote an act of kindness for an act of kindness. This is how Forgiveness will finally soothe the planetary climate and help restore enduring peace in each heart—putting an end to inner and outer warfare. Be no longer a house divided in itself!”