"Forgiveness in this Life" Stuart Jones Jesus taught us to pray these words: Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. We seek out God’s free gift of forgiveness. We recognize our faults and imperfections and cry out for Him to forgive and forget those things. And because God is just and loving, he willingly grants us the forgiveness that we crave and need. But in this life we are confronted with having to grant forgiveness to others around us who have hurt and wronged us. We willingly accept God’s forgiveness, but we don’t always give forgiveness to others. We tend to let the concepts of human “fairness” and “justice” trump love, compassion, and mercy. We want to define what is fair. We want to be the judge of what justice someone deserves. Jesus tells the story in Matthew about the vineyard workers that all got the same pay for a day’s work even though some were hired early in the morning while others were hired with only one hour remaining in the work day. The workers who had worked the most hours protested to the owner that he had been unfair to them by paying everyone the same amount. The landowner responded to the protests by saying, Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous? God is generous with his forgiveness. He expects us to emulate that attitude. Let us not forget that God is the ultimate judge. He has deemed us all worthy of forgiveness. We should use God’s definition of fairness and justice in deciding who and when to forgive.