Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. He encouraged us to forgive and to keep
on forgiving without limit. When Jesus declared a person’s sins to be forgiven, it often aroused the
anger of those who were less willing to forgive than he was and yet a prayer for the forgiveness
of his persecutors was on Jesus’ lips when he died. We forgive because we are forgiven. The Bible
says “Be compassionate and be kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave
you”. Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must be
genuine and from the heart. We must understand that forgiveness can be truly liberating for both
the person who is forgiven and for the person who forgives.
- Forgive and ask for forgiveness.