The forgiven life is the forgiving life!

Jesus told us that we were to forgive and to keep on forgiving!

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

We must forgive and mean it. You cannot fake God out, do not even try it!

Forgiveness is the heart of the gospel and love is the heart of forgiveness!
Jesus set that example while hanging on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He asks for forgiveness for His executioners.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 (NIV)

The Apostle Paul reminded the church at Ephesus of both the grounds of their forgiveness and the basis on which they must forgive one another.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)

Our forgiveness towards others reflects our experience and understanding of God’s divine forgiveness towards us!