Is Forgiveness for You?
Is Forgiveness for You?
There may be a situation where you feel like forgiveness seems impossible. You may be thinking, “I just can’t forgive that person for what they have done to me. It’s too painful to deal with. They’ve done it too many times. They’ve hurt me too deeply.” The only way for anyone to understand the deep hurt is for you to share your story. When you share your story they would see the hurt in your eyes and hear it in your voice then they would begin to understand the deep injury that has occurred. The real question that we must ask ourselves when we find ourselves in this kind of a situation; is it my ability or willingness to forgive based on the magnitude of the offense. Or to state the question another way; is there a threshold of pain beyond which we are not required to forgive, one perhaps where it is impossible to forgive? We are reminded in Scripture that God has cast all of our sins into the depths of the sea, not some, but all. Micah 7:1919 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
The sins that God has forgiven are mockery, insults and the insults of those who despise Him. Psalm 22:6–76 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads. Who totally reject everything about His character, His person, His reason for living. Isaiah 53:33 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. It’s one thing to be disliked, it’s quite another to be despised – hated, spit upon, ridiculed, humiliated, betrayed. When we add all of the sins to the ones we know so well, those we committed and Jesus bore on the cross.
Isaiah 43:2525 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. This same God who blots out our transgressions and who remembers our sins no more who found us dead in our transgressions and made us alive together with Christ. Ephesians 2:4–54 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
You may not feel any love towards the individual who has caused the deep hurt in your life. God wants you to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:1313 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. It will never be the depth of your love that causes you to forgive such heartless acts and attitudes. It will never be within your power to overlook the wicked lies in wild justifications of those who have made you distrustful of just about everybody. It will be – it can only be – the love of Christ transplanted into your believing heart that can exchange your weakness for his strength. Because He has forgiven us – and because of His boundless life which now indwells us – what offense is too great for us to forgive? C. S. Lewis said; “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in us.” When it comes to forgiveness, our Lord would not command us to do something that He would not enable us to do. Or that he hasn’t done Himself.