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Why should I forgive others?

Greg Laurie

Forgiveness is not just suggested in Scripture. It is commanded by God Himself. I don’t know about you, but I am not the kind of person who naturally wants to forgive. To be very blunt, I am the kind of person who wants to hit back. That is my nature. I don't defend it, but I do recognize it as a sinful aspect of who I am.

There are a lot of people who are eager to accept God’s forgiveness, but they haven't forgiven other people. According to Jesus, our generous and constant forgiveness of others should be the natural result of our understanding of the forgiveness that God has extended to us.

If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, then you must ask God to help you forgive those who have wronged you. Ephesians 4:32 says, "And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."

First we need to admit our own need for forgiveness. Then we need to extend that forgiveness to others. "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors," Jesus taught us. This is what we need to do.

Answer excerpted from Why Forgive? by Greg Laurie.  Click here to read the article in its entirety. 


Reproduced by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA, 92514.

Originally published August 28, 2007.

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