ForgivenessWhen someone abandons us, we feel betrayed or rejected. Generally, we decide to cut relations with the person, considering him unworthy of confidence. But there is another option.

At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it.
2 Timothy 4:16 NET

On the cross Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of those who crucified him. As he was being stoned, Stephen prayed that God wouldn’t consider his enemies guilty. Here, Paul does not wish that his friends be held accountable on judgment day for their abandonment of him.

Forgiveness is not merely ignoring sin. There is an entire process in the New Testament so that sin may be forgiven. But in Jesus, Stephen, and Paul is seen a readiness for forgiveness, a great desire that everyone have a clean slate before God, a correct life together with the heavenly Father, a full acceptance by the Lord.

Resentment and bitterness toward others, because of offenses, has no place in a Christian’s heart.


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