So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.” - Luke 17:3-5 (NLT)
The disciples’ are making a genuine request when they ask for an increase in their faith, but in this context, the genuineness of radical forgiveness is more important than the faith we desire to possess. In other words, we don’t just seek forgiveness because it benefits us in our walk with Jesus. The amount of faith isn’t necessarily as important as the right kind of faith.
Our loyalty is to God, and we trust in Him by faith. Our faith is strengthened when we are obedient and humble. We are called to do what He desires from us willingly. Not for our increase, but for the growth of the Kingdom of God. When we ask for forgiveness from a friend, it should be genuine and for the glory of God not because it makes us look like the bigger person.
You don’t boost your Heavenly stats or get moved up in position in Heaven because of your choice to be the better person in a difficult situation. Jesus forgave us before we even knew Him. We are called to forgive people genuinely.
Father, as I forgive those who have wronged me today. I pray that you would receive all the glory from my obedience to serve you. Amen.