It is in our human nature to get indignant and self-righteous whenever we see others doing the “wrong” things . And it gets worse if they are doing them unto us.
We spend much time and energy dwelling over the “wrong”. Our hearts cannot rest until we see justice being done or until we manage to get even with that person(s).
While it is natural and understandable to feel that way, is it the highest and best way?
In Matthew 18, Peter was on the subject of forgiveness with Jesus:
Peter said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
Then the Lord proceeded to tell Peter of a parable about “a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, the king commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had.
The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
The servant then went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and demanded immediate payment.So his fellow servant, likewise, fell down at his feet and begged him, saying the same words, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ But he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had been done, they came and told their master of the incident. The master was very angry at the unforgiving servant, and decided delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.” (Matt 18 23:33)
Many times, while we will insist or demand repayment, we forgot that we ourselves have been forgiven of a debt that is far greater than any Man can owe us,. Shall we not, in our gratitude, extent this grace to others?
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? (Matt 7:1-4)