There is a design to everything God creates and sustains. Jesus reveals that God gives two great commandments. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 29 – 31)
These commands imply two obvious calls upon our lives from God: the call to be saved and the call to be empowered by the Spirit to serve.
These calls imply two obvious actions we need to take to appropriate the gifts and blessings of God and each other. These are repentance towards God and forgiveness towards our neighbor. Jesus says this is obvious and how we continue to receive deliverance from the evil one.
This is how the design functions. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6: 14 – 15)
I share this post today because I am concerned for the soul of many who forgive actions by their neighbor if they like their neighbor. But, have the neighbor they don’t like do the same thing and well, they’re still mad at them. Jesus says, don’t be the hypocrite. The design doesn’t function under those conditions. Of course, that’s obvious, too.