“And when He returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ ” Mark 2:1-5

“I can never forgive you.”

Paige and her husband married young. They were a beautiful couple, had a beautiful wedding and enjoyed the great promise of a future together. However, life after the wedding was disappointing. An early pregnancy caused insecurity and worry. Her husband’s irresponsibility only worsened matters. Then her husband’s betrayal caused pain so great for Paige that she ended the marriage. Her final words to her husband were, “I will never forgive you.”

How grievous were the sins that Jesus forgave the paralytic? We will never know. But even what we consider the tiniest sin against holy God is worthy of His righteous anger, yet He chooses to forgive us. If we have gratefully received the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ for our sin against Him, how much should we be willing to offer forgiveness to others for the hurt they cause us? Jesus gave us the perfect example when He, even as He was dying, forgave those who crucified Him.

If you are saved, thank God today that because of His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus can say to us, “Your sins are forgiven.” God asks you to extend the same forgiveness to others. And because His Holy Spirit lives in you, you have His power to forgive those who sin against you.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!