Forgiveness is a Choice

May 17, 2018 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

Tags: John Guerra, Sanger, First Baptist Church, TX

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met a young lady of excellent character and virtue that interested him very much. What should he do? His mother had an idea: "Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"  He thought this was a great idea, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.  "I was totally humiliated," he moaned. "She insisted on washing the dishes."  "What's wrong with that?" asked his mother.  "We hadn't started eating yet."

 “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”   Matthew 6:15 NKJV

 Death, taxes, dirty dishes and laundry are pretty much constants. Death is pretty much out of our control, but if we choose not to pay taxes or wash dishes, it will catch up with us. So will unforgiveness!

 We might be hurt or offended or treated unjustly, but forgiveness is a choice and God demands it as part of loving others. We’ve heard the saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” and so it is with unforgiveness. Even if we’ve been wronged, we have NO right to be unforgiving. But if we choose to not forgive, we break fellowship with God in disobedience, thus hurting ourselves. An unforgiving heart never feels good. And just like we’d never serve an honored guest with dirty dishes, we should never try to serve God with a dirty, unforgiving heart. Choose to forgive.

 

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