The Gift of Forgiveness

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

~ Mark 11:25 ~

Common…has God’s forgiveness become common to you?  Three mornings later Jesus would plead, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Was that common?  No…it was anything but common.  It was a gift of immeasurable worth.  A gift intended to be received and then given again.

Forgiveness finds its completion in forgiving.  Being forgiven is not the end, but a beginning.  It is a beginning of a new way of life unknown to us prior to God’s forgiveness.

God’s gift of forgiving us attains its fulfillment in us forgiving others.  Quite simply put, it is impossible for us to forgive another without God first having forgiven us.

Imagine the predicament we would be in if it were impossible to forgive another.  Hating, holding grudges, living with constant remembrances of all the wrongs done to us.

But we don’t have to live this way.  Jesus died for our sins and offered us forgiveness, and we in turn can now offer forgiveness.

We were once trapped by our sin and our inability to forgive another.  Now, because we have received forgiveness, we can do the impossible.  We can forgive too.

God’s forgiveness is an amazing gift, but we will never experience the fulness of this gift until we become like our Father and forgive others as He has forgiven us.

Who do you need to forgive? 

Trust…God will give you the strength you need to forgive.  Remember…God is able to heal your heart and broken spirit.  Receive…the gift of God’s forgiveness, both for you and the one who has injured you.

As you talk with God today, consider these passages of scripture.

Isaiah 43:25

25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Isaiah 1:18

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:  though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Ephesians 4:32

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

In His grace,