Have you ever had the thought that says, “If I keep having mercy and forgiving, how can that be fair?” I mean…how can I stand up for myself and the truth, and still have mercy, compassion, and forgiveness?
Jesus is our Rock foundation of all mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. Jesus even forgave those who crucified Him saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Yet, He never stepped away from the truth. We must stand in truth, yet forgive even the ignorant or unrepentant. We must forgive in the hope that they come to know Jesus, who is the Way/Truth/Life and are changed.
Unforgiveness does no good to us or the situation anyway. It breeds bitterness, resentment and a cold heart. We become victim to not only the one who offended us, but also to satan’s destructive devices. He is actually at the root of all offenses and strife.
We are to leave justice and “pay back” to our Heavenly Father and Jesus, His Son, who has been given authority.
Romans 12:17-21, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary, If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Trust Him to settle accounts. Sometimes His “pay back” is in winning a lost soul from the grasp of satan into the kingdom of heaven! A Biblical example of this is when Stephen forgave those who stoned him, and Saul was one of those forgiven souls. God won that battle when Saul was transformed by Jesus into Paul on the road to Damascus. I think that was part of God’s “pay back” worked through Stephen’s forgiveness and mercy. The real battle is with evil principalities and powers in heaven. We know that Jesus has won the victory! And ultimately, we will all stand at “pay back” time before His throne of judgment. If we really trust Him to “pay back”, then we can more easily forgive and have mercy, yet stand in truth.