November 2: I thank God that He forgave me. The wrong things I have done separated me from God. He sent His Son, perfect in every way, to die in my place, to take my sin on Himself, to pay the price I could not pay in order to remove the separation between God and me.
Secondly, I thank God that He gives power for me to forgive those who do things that hurt me. Since God has forgiven me SO MUCH, I must also forgive. The process requires work. It takes time, committment, practice, daily relying on God’s power to make me able to forgive. I thank God that He enables me to “do the hard work of forgiveness,” as one of my daughters calls it. Without His power, I could not. I don’t have it in me. I would be like the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18.
Out of compassion, the king outright forgave him a HUGE unpayable sum of money because the man begged for patience. This same man then turned around and instead of extending forgiveness to one who owed him a small sum of money, he took his debtor by the throat, then threw him into prison until he could pay the small debt.
This grieved the heart of his fellow countrymen, so they told the king what had happened. In his anger, the king delivered the unforgiving man to the torturers until he paid all that was due. I doubt he ever got out of that place of torment since his debt mounted up to more than he could ever pay in his lifetime.
This parable ends with the warning to each of us forgiven debtors, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses” (Matthew 19:35, NKJV).
Personally, I know tortured people who have not forgiven others. These sad people, eaten up inside with bitterness, truly qualify as “tortured.” This parable, and people we see, serve as jarring reminders that God expects those of us who have received His forgiveness to forgive others. Only through God’s power can we truly forgive and go on to love others. I thank God for forgiving me and I choose forgiveness toward others. God, make me able to forgive by Your almighty power!