Friday, October 9, 2009
Are We Good at Forgiving?
Many of us would certainly think that we are good at forgiving others who wronged us. This is natural as we think positively of ourselves. Forgiveness is also a measure of our spiritual maturity. It is not how generously we are in giving, or how long we have been a Christian. Some people give to erase their guilty conscience.
Perhaps one sure way to measure our spirituality is the ability to forgive. Jesus is a good example for us. The more we become like Jesus, the more it is easier to forgive others. When we think of how much He has forgiven us, the easier it will be to forgive others.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgive you”. Ephesians 4:32
Here is a story about forgiving.
British pastor and evangelist John Wesley was travelling with General James Oglethrope, who was angry with one of his soldiers. The man asked for forgiveness, but he was told by the general “I never forgive!”. Wesley looked at him and said “Then I hope, sir, that you never sin”.
You get the point.