And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8).
Paul the Apostle describes the love of Christ as one which passes knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19). The best among the divine love is the love which forgives and forgets. Though we are traitors and enemies of Christ God forgives all such things, embraces, and accepts us as His children.
Jesus poured out all His blood on the Cross of Calvary and even in that situation all His prayer was “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” He was repeatedly uttering this prayer, throughout the six hours of hanging in the cross. He had healed so many lepers. He had opened the eyes of the blind. He made the dead rise with life. Though many more thousands of persons had received good things from Christ, there was no one to sympathise or console Him there.
When Christ saw the people, who enjoyed his goodness, were doing him harm, he was neither angry with them nor did he curse them. He was filled with grace to forgive everything. We have to follow His footsteps and forgive others. Is it not? “Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Colossians 3:13).
Christ does not stop with forgiveness but he forgets too. He will throw them into the depth of the sea and thereafter will never think of them. He never makes researches over every sin of yours. The blood of Jesus Christ always pleads to God to forgive everyone and cleanses all sins (I John 1:7).
An artist drew the portrait of Alexander the great beautifully. Alexander saw the image and put forth a question to the artist as to why the victorious scar on his forehead was missing in the image. The artist replied “King, my love towards you has covered the scar. I wanted your face to be attractive and perfect.”
When the Divine Love works in a home, there no one finds fault with one another and hurt anyone with harsh words. With Divine Love they tend to ‘forgive all faults and forget’ each other; and enjoy affectionate bonding.
Some people will say that they have forgiven but they will not forget. The issue will be drilling at the bottom of their hearts. At an appropriate time, it will begin burst like a bomb. Always pray “forgive our sins as we forgive people who sin against us.”
To meditate: “Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mathew 5:24).