He who forgives little, loves little. (Luke 7:47).
I read this today, just like I have many times before, but today it sunk in. Forgiveness can only be given in love, if you don’t love someone at least a little bit, then forgiveness becomes extremely difficult.
We can’t give what we’ve never received. If we’ve never received forgiveness or love, how can we forgive or love others?
Our typical strategy for approaching forgiveness and, for that matter, love is to try harder. We clench our jaws and grit our teeth with determination, as if that will have some power in helping us to forgive or love better.
Maybe we’re missing something… Maybe there’s an extra step in the process. Is it that the first step of love should not be focused on those we want to love but rather on God? 1 John 4:19 says clearly “we love because He first loved us.”
Funnily enough, the principle of forgiveness is the same. Want to forgive someone? First consider how you have been forgiven by God. Ephesians 4:32 says “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”
So in learning to forgive and to love we must first look to Christ and his example. He loved us so much that he died for us and that our sins might be forgiven.
MOPS Legana Tasmania
State Conference Convenor for Tassie