Forgiveness is the fullness of God’s gift of freedom for us.
Forgiveness is an intentional, heart-encompassing choice we must make in order to be truly set free. Forgiveness is a determined decision to trust and depend on–not on our feelings, but rather on–God, God’s Word, God’s Love and God’s Power to move us and empower us to forgive what to us seems unforgiveable.
To be truly free, God requires us to do things His way: Forgive everyone of everything.
But let me assure you: Forgiving others is NOT about denying the injustice or the ugliness of the sin done against you. No matter how big or how small it was.
Forgiving others is NOT about pretending that it didn’t really hurt.
Forgiving others is NOT about somehow stuffing it to the back corner of our mind.
Forgiving others does NOT in any way diminish the gravity of the sins done to us.
Forgiving others is definitely NOT about acting as if “It’s okay.”
No. Jesus didn’t die because sin is okay. Jesus died because sin–all sin–is a death blow to our souls. Jesus died because all sin is big, bad, ugly, relationship-destroying and life-killing. Jesus died a brutal death precisely because sin is so terribly destructive. Jesus Christ fully paid the price for my sins, for yours, and for everyone who has ever sinned against us.
Jesus died because that was God’s perfect choice in order to completely eradicate, and set us free from, the bondage of sin in our lives. Whether that bondage is grown out of our own sins or from the sins thrown at us by others.
To live in freedom, to live in the power of God’s healing and transformation, we must accept the truth that God forgives us completely through the sufficient and perfect sacrifice of Jesus.
And, to live in freedom, and to live in obedience to God, we must live out the truth that God demands that we forgive everyone of everything. PERIOD.
Forgiving others is NOT conditional upon any action of the ones who have wronged us. We are to forgive everyone of everything regardless as to whether or not they have ever:
- Asked for forgiveness
- Admitted the wrong done to us
- Acknowledged the validity of our hurt and anger
- Agreed with our perspective about their sins against us
No. Forgiving others does not even require that they still be alive.
Forgiveness is not optional for the children of God.
To live our lives as children of God, in the fullness of God’s freedom, we must follow and obey Christ’s example: Forgive. Forgive. Forgive.
Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving others is about choosing to yield to, and receive, God’s transforming power that brings the fullness of freedom to our lives! And how beautiful that freedom is!
Do you believe it? What are you going to do about it?
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane