Forgiveness is a key ingredient to The Golden Rule recipe. If we are not willing to forgive others, how can we have any hope of being forgiven ourselves? To forgive is to first acknowledge that a wrong has been done to ourselves or others by an identified source or offender. Forgiveness can be given to others when, with no regret, we release any blame that we hold against our offenders. Blame is the opposite of forgiveness and is a natural reaction to when we are wronged. To truely forgive is to release the blame that we hold while showing kindness that is rooted in love. The greatest example of forgiveness that I can think of is when we acknowledge that we ourselves are sinful as explained and described in The Holy Bible and acknowledge the redeeming power and forgiveness granted to us by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as recorded in The Holy Bible.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
When we forgive others, we allow ourselves to show and express a little hint of the love that God has for all of us. We also insure the results as spelled out above in Matt. 6:14-15. This is serious stuff! Although Christ lived, died and was resurrected for the complete payment of our sins, Matt. 6:14-15 makes it very clear that we also MUST forgive others. There is a song that most fellow Christians have sung or heard of in the past. It goes like this, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love…yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love….”. When we forgive others, they will know we are Christians by our love. As we practice the Golden Rule, the love that we reflect is bound to draw others to the Holy Throne of Grace. The throne of God the Father that can only be approached because of the blood that Jesus shed for all humanity during His death which was completed with His resurrection and later ascension up into the clouds… back to the Father…God. The throne where every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Philippians 2:9-11 “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”.
Love is the key. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. How can we forgive others better? How have you forgiven others? How have you been forgiven by others?