Sometimes I find it hard to forgive. Especially if she knew better. Especially if she has done it before. Especially if she doesn’t seem sorry enough. But forgiving is not optional for Christians.

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will you Father forgive your trespasses.” ~ Matthew 6:14-15

Let that sink in: If you don’t forgive someone God will not forgive you.

Christians are not saved by being good, or by forgiving others. But our ability to truly forgive those who have truly done something wicked reveals the condition of our hearts. It’s a miracle. It’s not something we can muster up on our own. It can only happen if God’s Spirit lives within us and is making us more like him. So we can look for this evidence of God living in us: Do we forgive? If we have experience God’s forgiveness we will forgive others. Period.

“[Many people] think that if you ask them to forgive someone who has cheated or bullied them you are trying to make out that there was really no cheating or no bullying. But if that were so, there would be nothing to forgive. They keep on replying, ‘But I tell you the man broke a most solemn promise.’ Exactly: that is precisely what you have to forgive. Forgiving is not an option” ~ CS Lewis

God, show me who I need to forgive. And when I can’t do it, I beg you to produce true forgiveness for her in my heart.

 

 

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