Jesus tells us, “I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” – [Luke 15:7] It seems odd, but do we not rejoice more over finding that which we have lost than that which we have not lost?
Wrapped up in this is the love for a repentant sinner, too. Heaven rejoices for one. Oftentimes, we do not. We see the crime/sin that has been committed and offer no forgiveness. Heaven rejoices and God provides the forgiveness, but we want nothing to do with it.
How can we give to others that which God has already given to us? God has forgiven us, but we must mirror this forgiveness. “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” It is a tall order and not very easy, but we can do it with God’s help.
When we forgive others, we allow ourselves to love them and God thru us. If we are to love others as ourselves, we are to forgive them as well as forgive ourselves. God forgives us all and Jesus asked us to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – [Matthew 5:48] So, we should aim to forgive all as well.