Forgiveness is not something you wait to grant; rather, it’s something you seek to grant. Let me explain. Matthew 6:23-24 teaches us to seek forgiveness of the one we wronged before we can come before the altar God. That’s a given. However, it’s not the whole picture. Consider Matthew 18:15 where Jesus says, “if a brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault.” Did you catch that? Jesus actually explains to the disciples that they are supposed to seek to forgive those who have wronged them. It’s very easy to sit back and wait for the one who wronged us to come and seek forgiveness from us – easy, but not biblical. Forgiveness in the bible teaches us not only to grant forgiveness but to seek to grant forgiveness. Passively waiting – not seeking out a brother or sister – when one has sinned against you is not neutrality, but disobedience.

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