“….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).
‘Pardon’ is a sweet flower which blossoms in the garden of God. If at all ‘pardon’ is not in existence….? Your conscience might be troubling you and you will be trembling for want of peace. The anger of the cruel persons will continue to haunt you. When people on earth forgive each other the burden of the heart lightens. When one comes near the cross, and repents for their sins, God mercifully forgives the sins and gives peace to the heart.
I recall now a story heard in my childhood days. A small boy killed a goose which his father was very fond of, with his catapult. He thought that he had buried it without anyone’s knowledge. But his elder sister somehow knew what had happened and started him and made him do all the works even those that were entrusted to her. The boy lost his freedom. One day he decided that it was better to go and seek apology from his father for the wrong deed he had committed rather than staying as a slave to his sister. The father embraced him with love and said, “Do not worry. I have forgiven you.” The boy felt relieved and the entire burden descended from his heart.
Satan keeps all those who have not been forgiven as his slaves. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). If the sins are not forgiven, after death, one’s destination will be the hell. Is it not? One will have to find a place in the sea of eternal fire. Is it not? It will be a never-ending torment. Dear children of God, What a great blessing the remission of sins is! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)”
Just as God forgives you compassionately, you may also forgive others wholeheartedly. After forgiving, forget also. Paul the Apostle counsels saying, “And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Jesus said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mathew 6:14, 15). This is what we mention in our Lord‘s Prayer. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Mathew 6:12). “And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4).
To meditate: “I acknowledged my sin to you and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5).