Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
The verse above tells us to forgive like Jesus forgave us. So today we explore in four short points the method Christ's forgiveness of our acts of rebellion against Him.
The first thing we must take not of is that:
1. Jesus planned for our forgiveness and made a way for us to be forgiven long before we thought we needed to ask for forgiveness. I Peter 1:19-20 tell us that the plan for our forgiveness was already in the mind of God before creation and before the fall of man. People sin against us. Instead of holding a grudge, decide now that when that person asks for forgiveness that you will give it without hesitation. Thus, in your mind, they are already forgiven.
2. Jesus forgave us immediately. Nowhere in the Bible do we find God telling us that we must do penance and then we will have forgiveness. (1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) Confess means "to say the same thing as." If we say the same thing about our dirty, rotten, rebellious sin as God does, we can have immediate forgiveness. In forgiving others, it is not Christlike to put them in your own personal penalty box until they "prove themselves."
3. Jesus forgave us completely. There is no part of our sin against Him that He has said, "I'll never forgive you for that part."
4. Jesus chooses not to bring up our sin again or hold it against us. (Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.) As a matter of fact, if within ourselves we are constantly bombarded with the accusation of sin that has been confessed and forgiven, it is not God that is bringing up our past, but rather the devil is the one doing that. (Rev. 12:10)
Jesus said, (Matthew 6:15) "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." We must learn to forgive like Jesus.