Why Should I Forgive Someone Who Hurt Me? (Part 1)
When we talk about forgiveness some of us instantly call to mind certain heartaches and hurts. The memories are still fresh because many of us have been hurt very deeply. We're going to look at: why in the world should I ever forgive anybody who hurts me?
WHY SHOULD I FORGIVE ANYBODY WHO HURTS ME?
Jesus told a story one time. It's called the parable of the unforgiving servant. It's in Matthew 18. In that story, Jesus gives three illustrations, three reasons why we ought to forgive.
He says we need to learn to forgive other people when they hurt us...
1. BECAUSE GOD HAS FORGIVEN ME
I have been forgiven so I need to learn how to forgive others.
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
When I remember how much God has forgiven me, it causes me to want to be a little bit more forgiving to other people. On the other hand, if I don't feel forgiven, I'm going to have a tough time forgiving someone else. If I don't feel grace, I'm certainly not going to be very gracious to you. If I don't feel set free from the things I've done wrong, I certainly don't want you feeling good about the things that you have done wrong to me.
If I realize that every moment of my day I'm living in the light of God's love and grace, and He's wiped the slate clean on me because of Jesus Christ, it makes me want to be a little bit more forgiving. We will never have to forgive anybody more than God has already forgiven us. He will always forgive us more than we forgive anybody else.
That's the first reason. God has forgiven me.