October 1, 2015

Read Matthew 18:21-35

I had a co-worker who was notorious for always finding a way to wait on the highest paying customers. He would go out of his way to try and determine ahead of time if a particular customer would be likely to pay his/her bills, thus making it more profitable for him.  I knew this was happening, as did my other co-workers, but at first nothing was said.  However, this led to quite an uncomfortable work environment at times.  Finally, this behavior was addressed, and my co-worker apologized and vowed to change his behavior.

Despite the change in my co-worker’s behavior, I still noticed that I resented him for his past.  Over time, God convicted me of this, and I prayed to God for forgiveness, and asked Him to change my heart. Ultimately, God led me to forgive my co-worker which resulted in a better relationship and work environment.

Scripture is full of examples of how God has forgiven his people.  But, we are called not just to be forgiven, but to also forgive others. Jesus spoke on the importance of forgiving while telling his parable in Matthew 18. Paul also reminded the early churches in Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13.  As sinners, we rely solely on Christ’s sacrifice and God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.  Without this we would have no chance of getting to heaven.  Let us be thankful for the forgiveness we have been given, but also remember to offer the same love and forgiveness to others.