“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

By washing the dirt from His disciples' feet, Jesus demonstrated His unconditional love and willingness to forgive their sin before they even committed sin. This takes love to the highest level of love. You say, “Well, Pastor, I am not the one in the wrong…. They are.” Jesus was not in the wrong either….They were. Of the men in that room, only One was worthy of having His feet washed. And He was the One who washed the feet. The genius of Jesus' example is that the burden of bridge-building falls on the strong one, not the weak one. And do you know what happens? More often than not, if the one in the right volunteers to wash the feet of the one in the wrong, both parties get on their knees. 

Watch this: relationships don't succeed because the guilty are punished, but because the innocent are merciful and forgiving. The mercy of Christ preceded His disciples' mistakes, and our mercy must precede the mistakes of others too. Those in the circle of Christ had no doubt of His love, and those in our circles should have no doubt about ours either.  Because Christ has forgiven us, we must forgive others. Because He has a forgiving heart, we must have a forgiving heart. Is forgiving others easy? It’s not. But with God all things are possible. There is incredible power in the words, “I forgive you; I love you; let's move on”. Are there any sitting around your table today who need to be assured of your forgiveness? Let it go and forgive!

Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018