As we read through the last words of Jesus on the cross and gain tremendous insight into His heart, His character, and His love for each of us—how are we to be changed?
First, be encouraged to approach Him in bold assurance that His grace is sufficient to cover and forgive your sins. There is no debt you could owe that Jesus, the once-for-all sacrifice, has not paid in full.
Begin to become a more forgiving person by worshiping God for the forgiveness that He has shown you.
Second, do not wait to "feel" like forgiving others when you have been wronged. Forgiveness is a decision of the will. Honor God with your will, and He will bring your emotions into line accordingly.
Finally, the Bible teaches us that to whom much is given, much is required. We have received forgiveness from God, and He requires us to forgive others. "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Colossians 3:13).
Begin to become a more forgiving person by worshiping God for the forgiveness that He has shown you. When we appreciate our great need for forgiveness and wonder at the forgiveness we have received, we will be able to offer it more freely to others. When we refuse to forgive, we reveal a heart that has not begun to grasp the depths of God's grace. Where do you stand in your forgiveness of others?
Prayer: God, help me to be a more forgiving person. Thank You for the forgiveness You have shown me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you" (Matthew 6:14).