God Let Me Off the Hook; Will I Do the Same For Others?

6 Jan

Matthew 18:32, 33, “Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?”

God gave me the best teaching on forgiveness between Christians, as I was waking up just now. His rod of justice had to fall somewhere to punish sin. It was poised over my head, over all of our heads. But it fell on Christ instead.

We all are made in God’s image and we all hold a mini-rod of justice. We understand justice very well, but mercy not as much.  That is the part of being made in God’s image that comes to us at greater cost.

People who sin against us stand there, like little kids cowering before our blows. We can go ahead and hit them, not with justice because Christ already paid for that sin, for all sin. We can hit them with retribution, and no one would fault us for that.  They have truly sinned against us and deserve human retribution.

But it is not good for us to stand there as a mini-god with a mini-rod of justice. When we do, we only show we don’t understand very well what God did for us in Christ.

And we cause another child of God to tremble and cower before our blows.

We don’t understand everything; He does. Can we trust Him to make things right in the end and just lay the rod down?


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