In the new covenant, we no longer seek vengeance but forgiveness.
Jesus while being tormented on the cross sought God’s forgiveness on behalf of His tormentors. Many people suffered under the bondage of unforgiveness causing them sleepless nights and depriving them the peace of the Spirit.
In the old covenant, peace is restored when the perpetrator (the ones causing the hurt) was apprehended and punished. In the new covenant, peace is restored by the Spirit when the perpetrator was forgiven.
The bondage of unforgiveness fundamentally comes from the darkness that still resides within. The apostle John said, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.” 1 John 2:9.
The evidence of light is not found in religious practices, but in the willingness to forgive his brother of his sins. Whoever says that his brother’s sins are unforgivable is implying that his own sins are just as unforgivable.
Image by Thomas Tham
Text extracted from City Revival Church’s Pastor Gabriel Chan Chong Yew sharing on Hebrews 12:18-24 Forgiveness and the fear of God
Are you still harboring thoughts of injustice and delighting in the misfortunes of those who hurt you? Take a moment to ponder over the attitude of Jesus. If He should decide not to forgive His tormentors, we would still be in our sins and condemned to hell.