“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32
When you truly experience God, you should naturally want to serve Him. There is a story in Luke 7 where Jesus was reclining at the table with a woman who was known as a sinner. The Bible says she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, dropped to her knees, and began washing Jesus’ feet with her tears.
What was interesting to note was that the Pharisees were watching the whole thing play out, and they rebuked Jesus, saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him— she’s a sinner!”
When religion deemed her hopeless, Jesus became her hope. You see, in this story, this despised woman—this sinful woman—was saved by Christ, and do you know what He said about her? He said “those who have been forgiven much, love much. But the one who is forgiven little loves little.”
When you truly experience God and are forgiven by Him, you should naturally want to serve Him. Have you been forgiven of much? If we’ve been forgiven of much, we should love much. And if we love much, we should serve the One who forgave us and saved us.
Have you been forgiven of much? As humans, we all mess up. And we all mess up in big ways. But if you repent, Christ WILL forgive you. It does not matter what you have done; He will forgive you. And when He does, you should forgive others.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Christ has forgiven us, and we should forgive others. When you are forgiven much, you can love much. That love should lead us to forgive others just as we have been forgiven!