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.)