Bible Summary. An important reason to forgive others is in order for us to have a relationship with God and to be a child of God. Jesus is our example of why it is so important for us to forgive others and not to judge others. Jesus showed us that we can forgive others, and honor God’s authority when it comes to forgiveness, judgment and wrath. See below for Biblical commentary, meaning, and advice concerning the importance of forgiving others.
The Importance to Forgive as Christ Forgave His Enemies
To Be Children of God, It is Important to Forgive Our Enemies.
An important reason to forgive others is in order for us to have a relationship with God and to be a child of God. If we are serious about God, we need to forgive others no matter what they did to us. This is what God did for us. Even though we have fallen short of the glory of God, He is willing to forgive us. He is willing to forgive us no matter our sin, how unthankful or evil we were in the past. Luke 6:35 advises us that the children of God love their enemies just as God has loved the unthankful and evil.
Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
Illustration on Forgiveness: The Universal Desire to be Forgiven …
It is Important for Us to Forgive as We Are Not To Judge Over Others.
Jesus is our example of why it is so important for us to forgive others and not to judge others. By his example, Jesus has shown us that we must forgive people no matter what they have done. We are not to retaliate or judge people as God is who judges and not us. 1st Peter 2:23 advises us to forgive and not judge people as we are to defer judgment to God who judges righteously.
1 Peter 2:23, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threaten not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:”
It is Important to Follow Christ’s Example in Forgiving Others.
While he walked on this Earth, Jesus showed forgiveness and love for his fellowman in everything that he did. He showed us that we can forgive others, and honor God’s authority when it comes to judgment and wrath. We are within God’s will if we forgive. We are not in God’s will if we do not forgive. Colossians 3:13 advises us to forgive others as Christ has forgiven us.
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.”