God’s forgiveness absolutely blows my mind. It also makes me very aware of how deficient my forgiveness is toward others. It seems that everyday I think, say or do something which violates God’s love–yet, when I repent–He forgives me. I cannot comprehend this kind of love. I’m so grateful that His love for me is greater than my love for Him. His constant forgiveness towards me is humbling. When I ponder it, it changes the way I forgive others. Comparatively speaking, their offenses against me are very small.
In Luke 7:41-42, Jesus asked Simon: “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” The answer, of course, is the one who owed more–right? Well, we are ALL debtors who owed God a debt we couldn’t pay. His Word says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.” (Romans 3:23-25) When we accept God’s gift of salvation, He pays the sin debt we could NOT pay! Even as His redeemed children, we often choose to sin. Yet, when we repent–He continues to forgive!
When we realize how much we have BEEN forgiven and how much we NEED ongoing forgiveness, we recognize how much we are loved. It is then we learn to love like God does. Jesus said, “he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7:47) Clearly, we’ve ALL been forgiven much. However, until we recognize the magnitude of God’s forgiveness towards us, we will never understand His love. We will always “love little.” God’s great forgiveness towards us should humble our hearts so much that we learn to love others despite their offenses against us. Clearly, we are well-loved by God. His love is more than enough. It covers a multitude of our sins and frees us to love and forgive like He does!