A Short Study of Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
The fact that we constantly need Divine forgiveness ought to encourage us to forgive. Another may do many things for me, but no man can forgive my enemies but I MYSELF! You may say, “I will never forgive.” Then, for your sake, I hope you never sin!
Forgiveness is not only something I owe to others, it is something I owe to myself. And I do myself great harm by holding grudges.
Many people suffer the “tormentors” (Matthew 18:34) of an unforgiving heart. When the suffering becomes unbearable, they search the dark dungeons of their already enslaved heart for the ability and virtue to forgive. They may temporarily escape their prison cell only to be captured and returned. The problem is that the power to forgive cannot be found in a sinner’s heart. The ability to forgive is very simply the result of being forgiven. Look not on the offense, or offender you are trying to forgive. Rather, look at the offense of your own sin towards God, and His grace to forgive YOU through the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgiving will be easy in light of your own forgiveness.