Forgiveness is not a luxury but one of our most fundamental needs. We need to be forgiven and to forgive.
Think for a moment about the nature of forgiveness. Jesus Christ is the very center of our understanding of the meaning of forgiveness. The biblical testimony is that he bore our sins, paid the price for our sins. To forgive means to accept another’s sin without retaliating or resenting.
And think for a moment of what it means if we refuse to forgive. The pain of the other person’s offense against us remains and even gets worse. Even if we don’t retaliate, the inner resentment festers within us and is spiritually and emotionally toxic.
There are times when we carry within us a great resentment against another without the other person even knowing there has been a problem. How foolish and unloving of us to hold the grudge. We tell ourselves the other person doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, so in a terrible state of illogic, we stay angry. Sometimes we do that for years and years.
I wonder where we got the idea that someone must deserve forgiveness. If they are such good people that they deserve forgiveness, they’re probably too good to need it. Forgiveness is for the sinful folk like you and me. We don’t deserve it but God is gracious, giving us better than we deserve.
We simply need humbly to say “Please” and “Thank you, Lord.”


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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