It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those who don’t deserve
It’s the opposite of how you feel
When they pain they caused is just too real
Takes everything you have to say the word
It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you’ve got a right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying set it free
Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Help me now to do the impossible
It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what its power can do
So let it go and be amazed by what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you
I want finally set it free
Show me how to see what your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
contemporary Christian musician, singer-songwriter
Tommy says, “I’m so mad at you for doing that, I’ll never forgive you. I thought you were my friend.”
Johnny says, “What did I do that is so unforgivable?”
So, you think you’ve done something so reprehensible that you will never be forgiven for.
Ok, yes, it might be hard for someone to forgive a person who has killed a loved one, it doesn’t mean that person will go unpunished for their crime. People who commit unspeakable acts, especially upon children, would be very hard to forgive. There is pure evil out there and God’s judgment will be delivered. However, anger and animosity will eat at you and harden your heart. Sometimes you have to think “what on earth would bring someone to commit such offences? What was it in their lives that turned them into creatures of evil?” We don’t know and we may never know and so it is that, sometimes, forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who harmed. Forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help free you from resentment and thoughts of revenge.
Forgiving others who wrong us may not be easy, but your peace depends on forgiving. And confessing our sins to God and asking His forgiveness for ourselves brings a peace. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
WE ALL NEED FORGIVENESS.
From the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve, sin has been in us. But God’s love for us is so great that “He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18b-19. God’s promise of pardon and compassion on us was fulfilled when Jesus died for those sins. We were forgiven then.
“God has forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14 EVS
If God could overlook sin, the cross would not have been necessary. But thankfully Jesus paid the IOU and erased sin on the cross.
When Jesus died and rose again we as humanity were given the quintessential pathway to receiving God’s forgiveness. Jesus’ first words while on the cross was a prayer to His Father, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 Jesus’ second words were a pardon to a sinner, a criminal who was crucified next to Him who had said, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 24:423-43
No one should go “unforgiven”. Forgive them. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 If Jesus could forgive the people who nailed Him to the cross even before they repented of their sin, surely you or I can forgive someone who has mistreated us. I wrote a letter to my mother forgiving her of her treatment to me as a child. I had to, because it was eating me up. Even though she didn’t accept it, my heart was mended because God gave me the peace I needed. Even though she forsook me, God didn’t and He remains with me always.
Love must be the hallmark of who we are in Jesus.
This includes forgiving.
In order to be able to forgive others we need to be forgiven for our own sins. We need God’s forgiveness in our hearts. If you don’t know God, or have a personal relationship with Jesus and you would like to…just say this little prayer to Him and start your way with an unencumbered heart. He’s looking forward to hearing from you.
Life with Jesus in it is sooooooooo much better!