Forgiveness is a wonderful gift… to give to someone, and to receive! It is liberating! It brings a great sense of relief and peace!
The “Master Forgiver” – the one who sets the standard for forgiveness – is God, who provided for it through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ for our sins!
During my time of devotions this morning (I call it “coffee with the Lord”) I read the following wonderful words from the Bible that provoked this reflection…
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness! … Hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption! And he will redeem us from all our iniquities!” (adapted from Psalm 130 ESV)
Someone has said, “God’s problem is not how to judge and condemn us! His challenge is how to forgive us!” And He has done that by offering His own son as the sacrifice for our sins… Jesus paid the penalty for our sin!
The New Testament reinforces that truth! “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!”
Which brings me to my final thought today… Why not share the forgiveness you have received with someone else you feel has wronged you? Here is how the Bible puts it: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.2 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32 NLT) Try it! It’ll make you more “Godly!”