When someone did something that offended me or hurt me, I used to want them to suffer for it. This is human nature, isn’t it? However, this isn’t what God has in mind for us. It certainly isn’t the way Jesus behaved. And, Jesus is our example, our model, right? So, I started thinking about God’s forgiveness and the way Jesus acted and reacted when people laugh at, ignored, or dismissed him.
First I thought in general about forgiveness and came up with this:
The truth about forgiveness:
- There are things you may have done that others may not forgive you for.
- There are things you may have done that you may not forgive you for.
- There are things you may have done that only God will forgive you for.
For me, there have been times when it was extremely difficult, bordering on impossible, to forgive. My human nature demanded justice and that often meant vengeance. I plotted revenge. I rehearsed revenge. And occasionally, I enacted revenge. But afterward, I found revenge tasted sour rather than sweet.
Because I’m on a personal improvement plan I’m trying forgiveness. On my own won’t get very far with forgiveness. Forgiveness requires something not in me. I need Jesus to help make this happen. This is far more than imitation on my part. This is the Holy Spirit working through me. Now, when I say, “I forgive,” I will actually mean I forgive and it will be real.
I’m not perfect, but I’m cooperating with Christ for my improvement. Forgiveness isn’t for sissies.
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