Wishing For a Delete Key
Wishing For a Delete Key
I am reminded many times in life that if we had a delete key, forgiveness would be much easier. It is so simple to correct things on your screen by hitting the delete key to correct your documents. Sometimes I wish that real life situations were that easy. In many ways what happens when we trash a computer document, a vivid picture of what takes place when we truly forgive someone for an offense they’ve caused us. We really eliminate that offense. We erase the record. We treated it as if the offense never occurred in the first place. In reality that is the way God forgives us. We are told many times that God’s forgiveness removes all of our transgressions of his law by canceling the record of the debt that stood against us. He set – pressed the deleted key – aside that offense when our Lord and Savior was nailed to the cross. Colossians 2:13–1413 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
At one point that offense was right there accusing us, exposing us, vindicating His righteous anger against us. But when He pressed the delete key, our merciful holy God erased the hold event. God does not have a backup disk of that offense. He didn’t make a hard copy of it. Or file it away in a filing cabinet so he could whip it out again someday. All references to the offense is gone forever, all because of the sacrifice that was made on Calvary in our place. The debt is canceled.
Most of us in our dealings with others and the pain they brought into our lives, would love to get to that point where we could press the delete key. We’d love to see the pain and bitterness of that offense become a nonissue. The problem is we know that there is no such thing as the delete key that can make all the feelings disappear. Nothing will be the same we cannot undo the damage, or put everything back as it was. So why try? Why set ourselves up for disappointment, perhaps leave the door open for this to happen again and to hurt us even worse the next time? Why go through all the emotional trouble of forgiveness? It won’t repair the gaping holes in our hearts, at least not for a good long time. Why would God asked for such a thing? Because He has made us a promise. That is one of the great encouraging factors we receive from our God “the promise of forgiveness”. In 2 Peter 1:4 “by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises…. It is a deliberate decision to deal with another’s sin by doing away with it, pressing the delete key, wiping it off our paper. With the promise of forgiveness, we relinquish our right to punish the offender or to make him pay. His record has been cleared. Psalm 103:1212 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. When Jesus Christ went to the cross to pay for our transgressions God has promised not to remember our offenses only longer.
Forgiveness is truly at the core, the very heart of the gospel. Even our excuses for not forgiving keep bringing us back to the cross, back to where forgiveness was perfectly applied. We of all people should appreciate the joy of forgiveness by knowing what a treasure it is to be completely forgiven. But more importantly when we extend our forgiveness to others, what Christ has extended to us at the cross we reflect the mercy and grace of God to a world that desperately needs to be forgiven.