I have been thinking about forgiveness. Our Heavenly Father forgave us, but how are we on forgiving those that have wronged us? In the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:14-15 "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will you Father forgive your trespasses."
What actually makes up this great Christian spirit of forgiveness?
I found an acoustic that about says it all.
F orget the offense
O bliterate the debt
R estore the fellowship
G ladden the hear
I dentify with the offender
V indicate the indictment
E ncourage the nobler life
Jesus practiced forgiveness when He was physically abused.
Also when he was on trial before Pilate. When He was on the cross he cried out "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." When His disciples forsook Him and fled ~ He forgave.
So many times we see Jesus practicing forgiveness. Isn't He our example?
Has someone wronged you? Did you forgive? I have found out one thing in this Christian life. Never expect someone to ask your forgiveness. Forgive them in your heart. They may never ask.
If we wait for and wait for the "I'm sorry, I have wronged you."
It may never come. Keep a forgiving spirit! Practice forgiveness!