One of the hardest yet most important facets of the Christian life is forgiveness. It is through Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross that we receive the gift of salvation and the ability to be forgiven. This is monumental; we are forgiven of all of our sins – past, present and future. This forgiveness and salvation is not a begrudging act; Christ is a willing participant.
What is especially amazing is Christ’s willingness to enter into relationship with us fully aware of our future sins. In our human understanding it is expected that after someone asks for forgiveness, they will have changed their ways. However, Christ enters into fellowship with us knowing that we will continue to sin against him. That is far above any human level of forgiveness.
Through this forgiveness we get supremely undeserved access to the Father. God doesn’t keep us at arm’s length reminding us of what we have done. If we are honest, none of us love like this.
Psalms 103:12 states “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
There comes a time in our Christian maturation process where we must begin to forgive even the most painful situations. As Christians we are required to forgive as we have been forgiven.
The Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:12 states “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
It will no doubt take the abundance of the Holy Spirit working within us to produce the kind of strength that will lead us to forgiving even the most devastating of transgressions. Being a willing participant in forgiveness makes way for life changing, earth shattering, soul satisfying joy that reconciles us to the Father and to each other.
Sequaisa McPherson, Database Administrator