Read a devotion recently that told a story of a man, taking his offender by the collar dragging him to see the king so he could be judged for his offense, only when he got there, he found the king hanging on a cross and the offender was no longer there.
The illustration represents God’s grace for us and how when we refuse to forgive those that sin against us, we are in turn then just as guilty in the sense that we are committing the sin of unforgiveness.
The point being that holding others in judgement for their sins ultimately only hurts us. God’s grace is for all and he forgives us but holds us accountable to forgive others. And this applies no matter the magnitude of the offense. When someone cuts you off on the highway, or someone committed acts of violence against you. I’ve certainly struggled with this as my natural reaction is to be offended. Most days I have to remind myself that I cannot hold others accountable for their offence and expect God to forgive me of mine.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 NLT