Forgiveness: When Worlds Collide
C.S. Lewis wrote, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” This week, we are going to walk through the steps of forgiveness. We’re going to learn how to deal with the pain, forgive our offenders, and turn to God in freedom. I am convinced that forgiveness is a beginning. Notice That’s all God needs from us. But how do we take that first step? First, we must realize that Jesus knows what we’ve been through and that He’s been through it Himself. Second, we must learn that God is with us in our pain: He loves us and wants to heal us. Third, we must ask ourselves, “Is it worth it to live in the past and ruin my future?” In tender compassion, Jesus mourns with us, hurting people. As the Healer and Great Physician, He knows that forgiveness is part of our treatment-part of our healing. He is our Healer (Isaiah 53:5) and He seeks our healing. But we must begin. What awaits us is nothing short of a miracle. Will we begin?
Monday: Forgive as God has forgiven you (Colossians 3:13)
Tuesday: Unforgiveness creates bitterness (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Wednesday: As Christians we have a new nature capable of forgiving (2 Cor. 5:17)
Thursday: We are called to imitate God’s compassion (Micah 7:18-19)
Friday: Keep God’s name and honor always before us (Matthew 6:9-15)
Saturday: Refusing to forgive others will hinder our prayers (Mark 11:25)
Let’s remember what forgiveness is not: it’s not letting people walk over you. It is not becoming best friends with your offender. It is not pretending that “it” never happened. It does not mean not pressing charges. It does not mean forgetting what was done to us. It does not mean overlooking abuse or the abuser. It does mean giving up the right to be angry, because what Jesus offers us in exchange is our freedom. That’s forgiveness.
Together with you,