Why do we forgive?
I follow the ELCA on twitter & every morning they post a question or a prayer or a Bible verse, something like that. Most of the time it’s something that goes way over the 140 character limit that twitter gives you but today it was just the question “Why do we forgive?”
My immediate answer was to go back to the line in the Lord’s prayer – ‘Forgive us our trepasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.’
We forgive because we want to be forgiven. Then I thought, how shallow is that huh?
Some people were answering the question with things like;
- to forgive is to be forgiven.
- we forgive because we are forgiven.
- you never know when you’ll be on the end needing forgiveness.
I guess that last one is something like a karma kinda thing. What goes around comes around. If you forgive someone now then when you need forgiveness it’ll be right there waiting.
I’m pretty sure I need constant forgiveness. I screw up ALL THE TIME! I do, I guess its part of my charm.
I forgive because I want to be forgiven. That was my immediate response. How greedy does that sound?? Wow. I shocked myself with that answer I guess.
Christ died so that my sins would be forgiven. Thats already a done deal. My sins are forgiven.
I’ve written before about how hard it is for me to forgive some people. For me to say that I am forgiving someone just so I can be forgiven is actually kind of ridiculous the more I write about the idea.
Giving something just so i can get something in return is jealous & defeats the whole purpose.
My sins are already forgiven.
Why do we forgive? To become more Christ-like. He forgives & so should I.
Its not easy to do, but its the way things should be.