Radical forgiveness, first introduced by Jesus Christ extends the grace and mercy of God to every person through his followers whether they deserve it or not. To be forgiven, I must forgive. This cannot be done in my own strength. Only the love and grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in me allows me to love my enemies, and forgive anyone who has sinned against me.
The authority to forgive sins and to heal are identical. Only God can forgive sins, and Jesus taught us that.Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Luke 5:20-24
Lord Jesus, I believe you have the authority to forgive sins. I believe you are the son of God and died so that I may live. Amen.
Radical forgiveness is reciprocal or symmetric in nature. It goes both ways. My forgiveness from God and others’ forgiveness from me must be based on the same grace and mercy of God. Even if I cannot forgive at this time, God will help me and meet me where I am. and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matthew 6:12
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” Luke 11:4
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. Matthew 5:38-40
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant in Matthew 18:21-35 I am warned that forgiveness for my sins depends on me forgiving my brother or sister from my heart. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35
Jesus, When I am angry at someone and am not ready to forgive, please forgive them for me. And especially forgive me for my sins. Amen.
The cross is the final atonement sacrifice that provides complete and unreserved forgiveness for everyone who asks. When I have sinned, I kneel before the cross (even figuratively) and remember the great sacrifice that Jesus gave of his life for my sins. I know my sins are forgiven and I remember his words from the cross. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34
Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins. I believe in you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Forgive me for my sins as I forgive others for theirs. Amen.