As you read scripture try to put yourself in the 1st century. Presume for a minute that you are listening to Jesus teach and then try to understand why much of what He taught was so very difficult for them to hear. For example, it was common in that day for the Pharisees to keep a record of offenses. To illustrate his point Jesus reminded the disciples and us as well that offenses will come, [that is others will offend us] but WOE to the one that is the cause or is the offender. Jesus wanted his listeners to recognize that we are to obey this principle:  “if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [Mat 6:14]  Sometimes it is not a two-way street. You offend but another does not forgive you. Jesus said it doesn’t matter. Your job as a believer is to not only seek another’s forgiveness but offer forgiveness. Why? Because you have been forgiven by God.

Jesus was emphatic: “you MUST forgive him” even if one has repeatedly sinned against you for this is God’s way. God does not forgive just once but many times as we err often. The reason is because that is part of God’s character!  God is a God of forgiveness; He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and unfailing in His loyal love.

Today are we keeping a record of offenses? Are we harboring an unforgiving spirit and not obeying the teaching of Christ to forgive as he forgave?