Why Forgiveness Is Lke Insurance.

Why Forgiveness is Like Insurance

scripture: "If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Matthew 6:14

I hate paying health insurance…when I'm healthy. But when I'm sick, you can bet it's a different story. I am so thankful for cheap doctor's visits and prescriptions that would normally cost me hundreds--hundreds that I don't have. Did you know that forgiveness is kind of like health insurance?

Our Souls Are Sick

You see, just like with the human body that is prone to sickness and disease, our souls are prone to sin and decay. That is why Jesus came: to save us from our sick souls. "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do. I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval" (Jesus, Mark 2:17). Did you know that the word "salvation" actually refers to salve, a kind of healing ointment? So imagine your sick soul, with all it's hurts and failings, and Jesus coming to put an eternally-healing salve on it that He paid for with His own blood. That's the good news of the Gospel: that there is hope for our healing in Jesus. And it's given freely to everyone who wants it. However, Jesus gives one major caution…

"If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failures" (Matthew 6:14-15).

You see, forgiving those who have hurt us is how we stay enrolled in our soul insurance policy. This soul insurance policy is incredible: God promises to forgive every one of our sins and bring us to Heaven with Him. We do nothing to earn it. But we tell Him that we still gratefully receive His amazing insurance policy by forgiving others. Listen to this story Jesus told to illustrate it:

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked Him, 'Lord, how often do I have to forgive a believer who wrongs me? Seven times?' Jesus answered him, 'I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.

That is why the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to do this, a servant who owed him millions of dollars was brought to him. Because he could not pay off the debt, the master ordered him, his wife, his children, and all that he had to be sold to pay off the account. Then the servant fell at his master's feet and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will repay everything!' The master felt sorry for his servant, freed him, and canceled his debt. But when that servant went away, he found a servant who owed him hundreds of dollars. He grabbed the servant he found and began to choke him. 'Pay what you owe!' he said. Then that other servant fell at his feet and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will repay you.' But he refused. Instead, he turned away and had that servant put into prison until he would repay what he owed. The other servants who worked with him saw what had happened and felt very sad. They told their master the whole story. Then his master sent for him and said to him, 'You evil servant! I canceled your entire debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you have treated the other servant as mercifully as I treated you?' His master was so angry that he handed him over to the torturers until he would repay everything that he owed. That is what my Father in heaven will do to you if each of you does not sincerely forgive other believers'" (Matthew 18:21-35).

Am I Really Forgiving People?

Whew. That gets me. I have recently been dealing with lots of hurts and tough situations, but the intense amount of offense I have committed toward God pales in comparison with how others might have hurt me. Most of the time, people don't even know that they've badly hurt you. That's why Jesus said to God about us, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing" (Luke 23:34). If Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, can say that about all the people who brutally killed him, then I can certainly give grace to others when it's been so lavishly given to me. That's how I stay insured for the many, many sins I need God to forgive me for. "Blessed are those who show mercy. They will be treated mercifully" (Jesus, Matthew 5:7).

Has Your Insurance Lapsed?

Every now and then, my insurance provider calls me if I'm late on a bill, saying, "You are about to be without coverage soon." That's scary because if something bad were to happen, I'd be on my own. But then I just pay my bill, and I'm re-enrolled, totally covered. God wants to give you complete coverage for all your sins and soul hurts, even if you have been without coverage for a while due to unforgiveness. Instead of paying your bill, you pray your bill by forgiving those who have hurt you from your heart. Something I do when I am trying to forgive someone (because it can be hard sometimes!) is I pray blessings for them whenever I think of them. Instead of thinking evil thoughts towards them, I pray for all the good things I can think of: that they would be blessed, God would be near them, they would have their heart's desires, etc. In fact, this is exactly what Jesus commands: "But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" (Matthew 5:44). This practical tip helps you daily forgive people, because some wounds are very deep and you need to daily apply the salve of forgiveness until they're healed. The key is just that we keep applying it.

Who Do You Need to Forgive?

Have you been living "uninsured?" I know I have. Why don't you take a moment to think of hurts that have been trapped in your heart. Releasing them will not only free you of their weight, but it will open you up to receive God's amazing insurance policy of forgiveness and healing. Let's pray a prayer of blessing for them, telling God we give them mercy just as He has given us so much mercy. Thank Him for all of the sins He has forgiven: His forgiveness is truly amazing!

I'll start: Lord Jesus, thank You for telling God to forgive my horrible sins against You, graciously saying I didn't know what I was doing. I want to give just a small reflection of the grace You've shown me to those around me. Will You please help me be merciful? It's my desire to be a person of great grace and mercy. Lord I forgive all those who I feel have wronged me and ask You to pour out Your Spirit on them and cause their barren land to rejoice. In Jesus' name, amen.

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Israelleo Israelleo
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2 Responses Sep 24, 2012

great post

Thank you and blessings to you the Lord .

What do you want God to do for you ?

It amazes me how we get what we need. I really needed to apply this to a specific person in my life that I have been holding some unforgiveness towards. I wasn't even really aware that I was entertaining bad, unforgiving thoughts. Thanks so much for your post!

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