In the shoes of another

We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.

-T. D. Jakes

Typically, strong persons are more likely to start wars and dominate their neighbours. The human need for forgiveness has no human resource. To forgive is an abundant divine attribute. Humans are not quick to offer pardons.

It’s a forgiven guy who is expected to forgive

Paul to the Ephesians (4:32)
Paul to the Colossians (3:13)

Where does the strong man get his strength to forgive? Strength is most certainly for the weak but also for a host of activities and situations. It should not be a humanistic appeal that brings a person to be ready to forgive. The following table shows the purposes for which strength was bestowed.

Dt.12:23to eat
Dt. 31:7go (to Canaan)
Joshua 1:6divide
Joshua 1:7guard
Joshua 1:7do
2 Sam. 13:28smite (hit)
2 Sam. 13:28die (cause to die)
1 Chr 22:13prosper
1 Chr 22:13keep/guard
1 Chr 22:13do
1 Chr 28:10build (temple)
1 Chr 28:20finish (temple)
2 Chr 25:8battle
Neh. 6:9frighten(ed) by enemies
Dan. 10:19dumb and breathless
What Strong People Do

It’s a praying guy who feels the need to forgive

‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:12

But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Matthew 6:15