Currently reading this book by Philip Yancey entitled “What’s so amazing about grace?”. I’m writing this entry though I haven’t finished the book because I have musings and really just wanted to write down what I feel and what I’ve learned while reading.
How then can we be forgiven if we can’t even forgive all the others who have wronged us? How can we ask our Heavenly Father to forgive us if our hearts are filled with unforgiveness? How can we call ourselves followers of Christ when we’re filled with hatred for others? I was once guilty of this; but God gave me the grace to overcome.
I know very well how hard it is to forgive, though it is easy for us to say that we’ve forgiven, we bear deep inside our hearts the anger… the remorse against that person. C.S. Lewis said “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you”. We human beings are sinners, we all fall short of God’s glory and we don’t have an excuse for breaking His heart repeatedly yet when we ask Him for His mercy and truly repent and put all our trust in Christ Jesus He rejoices and celebrates us, He forgets all our wrongs and when He looks at us.. He doesn’t see us unholy, unrighteous.. HE SEES JESUS; clean, perfect, righteous and unblemished. He is gracious, immensely gracious that He allowed His one and only Son, Christ Jesus to go down on earth from His heavenly thrown to die on the cross for faulty human beings like us. In John 3:16-17 it is said “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trust in, clings in, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” Jesus went down here on earth to save not to condemn, to forgive and not to accuse. Jesus died for us so we can experience God’s love and live fully our purposes. He went here so we would not experience the punishment that we deserve, God doesn’t want us to suffer the wages of sin that is death (see Romans 6:23), He so loves us that He sent us the Son so that we may live an eternal life with Him. He died on the cross for us to be forgiven, for us not to experience wrath, for our God is not a god of wrath, He is a GOD of LOVE. (He himself is Love, He is graceful, selfless, and caring.)
Before my walk with God, I struggled with unforgiveness, I definitely was filled with anger and though I say the Lord’s prayer everyday (before I was saved) every night, I just knew that it doesn’t come from my heart. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus told us how to pray, Matthew 6:12 says “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, let go of the debts, and have given up resentments against) our debtors.” I pray this not intending to mean it, I pray just to say that I have prayed and talked to God. Forgiveness is a very difficult task, it even sounded impossible for me, but we have to always be reminded of the truth that with God all things are possible. As I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, God gave me the grace to forgive and replace all my resentments with joy and peace. God forgave us, He is also able to give us the grace to forgive. He wouldn’t want us to drown in hatred, He wants us to drown in grace and love. He wants us to live in the light for He is light.
Dear, If you find it in your heart that it’s too difficult to forgive… remember and let your heart take you back to the cross when our Lord Jesus died for us to save us, and for our sins to be forgiven. Pray and ask Him for the grace to forgive, I believe He would give it to if you would just seek His face.
Matthew 6:15 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
(posted on my old page: October 10,2012)