Forgive One Another
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Eph. 4:32d (Holman) “. . .forgiving one another. . .”
“Forgive” is a sticking point for many believers. A wrong done to us by others often leads to a root of bitterness being long nursed within us. This is tragic. The depth of our commitment to Jesus should not be determined by the actions of others.
As Christians, we represent our Lord, and thus have to forgive, for forgiveness personifies the essence of all we know about Jesus. He showed it in His earthly life, to the very end. Soldiers beat and mocked Him, and gambled for His garment, but in His dying hour, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
“Forgiving” is essential among Christians. It is unbefitting for us to participate in public worship if we know we have not forgiven, and been forgiven by, others. In public worship, we are forced to ponder the extent of our forgiveness for others.
Our Master said, “If you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). The door also swings the other way. “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in hea