My Thoughts. . .
Forgiveness. Something most folks seek and desire all their lives. Yet, it is a object some find impossible to attain. Simply put, we want to be forgiven, but we don’t want to forgive. We are hurt when others will not forgive us, but we are too hurt by what others have done to us to forgive them. Some say they have forgiven, yet they continue to wallow in remembering. Yet Jesus placed a stipulation upon one wishing to be forgiven.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14 NKJV).
It is easy to believe that you have forgiven your enemies if no proof is required and everyone accepts your word without question. Yet, the first time that person’s name comes up, your facial expressions announce whether you did or didn’t. Anytime someone mentions that person’s name, you will complain about your hurt originating from them. We all need to remember Moses’ statement:
“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
Another translation states,
“Be sure that your sin will track you down” (The Message).
Jesus tied our forgiveness to our forgiving others! Too often we feel the offense we have suffered is too great for forgiveness to be granted. We sometimes justify our actions of withholding forgiveness because “the person doesn’t deserve it.” Yet, each of us is guilty, due to our sins, for the cruel death of God’s Son upon a Roman cross. He was willing to put away his hurt and humiliation and wants us to follow his lead. Self-justification may smooth our hurt, but it isn’t sufficient to remove our sins.
Do you feel what others have done to you is greater than what you and I have done to Him? I hope not. The cross is God’s proof that he will forgive and forget. Our faith is based upon our actions (James 2:17-18). A refusal to forgive upon our part, either confirms or negates our faith. God wants to forgive you. What kind of faith do you possess?