The two greatest commandments in all of the Bible are to forgive and to love with loving being the greatest commandment of all!
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)
“But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)
You can’t love someone if you can’t forgive them of a wrong. An unforgiving heart harbors animosity and hatred. And it isn’t a matter of right or wrong. What forgiveness is, is a matter of wiping the slate clean. If you truly love someone you will set the injustice aside and have mercy on the situation. God has done that for us. We are to do it for other people.
Love cleans the slate. It makes it as if the problem never occurred. Love is strength and power and can overcome all adversity.
“Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth….” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Love has mercy. Love is mercy. Love is responsible and takes the initiative.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32).
What love doesn’t do is keep a score card. Because of mercy prior transgressions or situations are wiped away clean as if they didn’t happen. Love and mercy have no memory.
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” (Luke 6:35)
Forgive! Love! It is the life of a child of God!
Forgive and Love