"So the next time someone wrongs you, don’t think, “I’d better forgive them if I want God to forgive me.” There’s no power in that. Instead, remember what Jesus has already done for you. Mull it over. Appreciate his gift of forgiveness."
This quote is from "Where does forgiveness come from?" A blog post by Paul Ellis. He's written some other stuff about forgiveness, too.
Paul contends that forgiveness comes from God.. He uses the the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant to show us that forgiveness starts with God. This is a parable about Heaven and how it transcends our lives.
No one is perfect, We all need forgiveness -- I know that I do. But God freely forgives those who ask. In this parable, we see that Jesus when we truly understand that we need and have received forgiveness, we overflow with mercy and forgiveness toward others. God's forgiveness is a gift and it should change us.
Have you experienced God's forgiveness?
Previous posts in this series: Forgiveness Thoughts and Quotes, Forgiveness - Definition, Forgiveness: The Who of It, Forgiveness:When?
This is my 20th post for the April 2015 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
I have learned a lot about forgiveness at the Christian Youth Conference at Ocean Park, a two-week experience of Christian community for high school teens. Held every August, for 100 years so far, on the beautiful southern coast of Maine. Check it out!