What is of Greater Value?

When we hold an offense against someone or put conditions on forgiving someone saying “all will be forgiven if this injustice or that injustice is rectified”, we are telling God “I care more about receiving justice rather than forgiving and loving unconditionally like you ask”.  In other words, we are saying “I care more about myself, my feelings, my wants than your wants or my relationship with you”. God does not say “forgive your brother only if they apologize for the right things or in the right way or do what is necessary to make things right”; He just says “forgive.”  At some point we must ask ourselves, what is of greater value… my right to hold an offense or the dependence on Christ we gain as we choose to let go of it in obedience and trust?

-Chris Kohlman