God forgives sinners based upon the finished work of Christ when sinners repent and ask God to forgive them.
Can Christians do any less regardless how egregiously they believe they have been wronged?
One might seek to escape granting such forgiveness by saying, “Well, I am not God.” While it is certainly and eternally true that Christians are not God, we are to think and act like God (be godly).
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1).
Our worship of God can never surpass our thankfulness to God.
While people would agree that God is most honored by worship from a thankful heart, many times our thankfulness is lessened by our tethered complaints.
People often seek to thank God for a blessing, and then immediately explain their frustrations with God. For example, how often does one say (or hear) something like this, “I am grateful for my job, but I hate the hours, location, boss, etc., etc.” Such cumbered gratefulness may conceal our ungrateful heart to those with whom we opine, but it doesn’t with God; the only one that really matters.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name,” Psalm 100:4.
If we truly appreciate being forgiven, we will forgive others.
It is ironic indeed, for Christians to extol God for His immeasurable forgiveness of our sins in Christ, and yet shamelessly withhold such forgiveness from those who may have measurably sinned against us.
If we truly appreciate being forgiven, we will forgive others. How could we do otherwise?
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you,” Ephesians 4:32.