In this life we will sometimes find ourselves either needing to forgive someone for something they did to us or will need to be forgiven for some error on our part.
Let’s face it, there are times when we “mess up,” make mistakes, err and sin by “thought, word and deed,” “through omission and commission.” We might not have intentionally set out to do something toward someone that hurt them but we did. Something we said or done negatively affected another. We might not have meant to hurt someone, but we did.
God extends to us two wonderful opportunities. The first is knowing when we need to forgive someone. The other is knowing when we ourselves need to ask for forgiveness. Yes, there are times when we must face the facts and ask for forgiveness.
If we desire to receive forgiveness, it is imperative that we be able to forgive. It is to our benefit that we be able to forgive since at some point in life we will be knocking on someone’s door seeking their forgiveness. It is a proven fact that “you cannot ask for that which you have not given.”
It has been stated: “Forgive and ye shall be forgiven.” St. Luke 6:37
Jesus found himself in a horrible situation that was not his fault. He had done no wrong. “Was it for crimes that I had done he groaned upon the tree?” At Calvary Jesus displayed the ultimate action of forgiveness.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:7-8,10)