For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. As rain and snow water the earth, in making it fruitful, so God’s word will accomplish its purpose.
SIX ASPECTS – His ways and thoughts higher. [Dake]
Men never would have planned pardon for enemies, as God did for those who devote themselves to destroying their plans, works and purposes. Men seek revenge on all such and harbor malice and hatred, whereas God planned redemption an untold glories for His enemies. [John 3:16; Romans 5:8]
IN NUMBER OF OFFENCES:
Under favorable and special circumstances men forgive a few times, but they are prone not to forgive repeated offences. God forgives freely many times and as completely and lovingly the last time as the first. [Matt. 12:32; 18:21-22; Rev. 22:17]
IN NUMBER OF OFFENDER:
Men may pardon one person or a few who injure them, but the greater the numbers the less they are inclined to forgive. God forgives all regardless of the number of offenders.
[John 3:16; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Rev. 22:17]
IN KINDS OF OFFENCES:
Men usually limit themselves as to what kind of offences they will forgive; but God has no qualifications on this point, except the offence of rejecting the only means of help He can offer. [Matthew 12:31-32]
IN DEGREE OF OFFENCES:
Men will forgive if an offence is small enough not to be of any great injury to them; but God will forgive the greatest and most aggravated offences against Him. [Isaiah 53: John 3:16]
IN MODE OF PARDON:
Men may be willing to forgive if it does not cost them much, and they can see such is to their advantage; but God gave the most precious gift of heaven that He might have a basis of forgiveness for His enemies. God redeems on the basis of personal suffering and having substituted Himself to be punished instead of His enemies. He forgives by the very one whom men sought to destroy, the one made to endure the most horrible sufferings ever laid upon a human being. He blesses by faith in the blood atonement of the death of an innocent person. Man would have punished the guilty and satisfied justice; but God punished the innocent to justify the guilty. In fact the whole program of reconciliation of enemies to God is of such a high level that men could never have planned it. Dake A.R. Bible