“…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” ~ Psalm 103:10
Giving others what they do not deserve is one of many ways to imitate Christ. It might even be one of the most precious ways to imitate Him, especially when done sincerely. In Christ, we who without him deserve punishment for our sins before God do not receive it. Instead, we receive forgiveness for our sins (1 John 1:9), no condemnation (Romans 8:1), and grace and mercy to move forward with a clear conscience (Hebrews 9:14). What God has done for you and I in the person of Jesus Christ He did not owe us, and we did not and do not deserve it. We are qualified for the goodness of God by the finished work of Christ our Lord. We are made worthy by his death and resurrection. That’s the Gospel message—the Good News! You and I who believe in Christ Jesus have received freely what we do not deserve! You should smile about that.
As we go about life imitating the many loving acts of Christ, let us not forget to imitate his act of freely giving others what they do not deserve. We really have no excuse or justification not to. Jesus prayed that his Father would forgive those who crucified him while they were in the act of doing so. (Luke 23: 33 -34 ) And, the one who has received much grace should give much grace, right? Not sure how much grace you’ve received? Can you count the number of the sins that Christ has forgiven you for? No? Then it’s safe to say you’ve received a lot of grace–so give a lot of grace!
Learn to not withhold from people what you have within your power to give them, yet do not because you feel they do not deserve it. Remember, the very life you live and breath you breathe you don’t deserve, yet you have it.
Blessings to you.