In the Name of + Jesus. Amen.
If the forgiveness we give to others is the measure of the forgiveness that God grants to us, then we are doomed. Measurement, dear Christian friends, is of the Law. The Law counts good works and sins. It puts them in the scales and finds that the lead of our iniquity entirely outweighs the feather of our righteousness. To God, all of our righteous deeds are like filthy rags. They are worth less than nothing. They avail much before the world, but they are worthless to God.
Measurement is of the Law. If God is only going to forgive us to the degree that we forgive our neighbor, then our neighbor is definitely going to get the last laugh. You know it’s true, and so do I. We all bear grudges. We all have our limit. We all have the point when we think that we’ve forgiven enough. We all have a moment when we say, “If they were really sorry, they’d stop doing it.”
What, however, is God’s limit? When does He say, “Enough!” When does the Lord decide that He’s through with us sinners? As I ask this question, you might be trying to come up with an answer. How far is too far? But as you grope for that answer, another question might occur to you. Have I gone too far? Am I beyond the Lord’s forgiveness? Have I crossed the line and come to the point where all I have to look forward to is eternal condemnation?
Measurement is of the Law, but forgiveness is not. Forgiveness is without measure, especially where our Lord is concerned. There is no sin of yours that the Lord has not forgiven. There is no trespass that has not been taken to the cross. If you were to live a thousand years and every day of them was filled with the most wicked of iniquities, all of those sins would still have been forgiven by Christ on the cross.
The fact that our forgiveness does not measure up to the perfect standard that our Lord demonstrated when He died in our place shows us how much we need that forgiveness. Sinful humanity can never measure up to the perfect love shown by our Lord.
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