Who’s your favourite person in the Bible and why? Jesus
because He is my Saviour and John because of his unique
Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult
struggles in life. All cultures know the moral
obligation and need to forgive. But in the
Christian faith, something even deeper is
experienced – forgiveness is commanded of
us by the Lord Almighty.
Something wonderful happens when a
Christian forgives. Grace is abundant, and
the Holy Spirit is working His magic within
us, which in turn can strengthen us.
It is because of the forgiveness of sin and
the righteousness of Christ that we are
saved, so we share a very unique experience
with God because of forgiveness. God
forgives, and also provides us with grace so
that we in turn can forgive.
That isn’t to say, however, that this is an
easy task. It can feel far more comfortable
to hang onto anger and negative emotions
toward people who have done you wrong.
Let’s say your father was a professional
athlete, and passed on an athletic gene that
enabled you to also be a professional athlete, and then taught you as well. Regardless
of how difficult the journey to become a
professional athlete may be, it’s undeniable
that a unique bond or experience is shared
between father and son or daughter.
The Lord our Father passes along the Holy
Spirit, giving us the ability to forgive. The
Scriptures teach us as well as give us tools
so that we may learn how to forgive. Using
the analogy of the athletic father, it can help
us appreciate the unique bond we have with
God in regards to forgiving.
So, I pray that this summer, as animals have
awakened from a long winter slumber, and
plants come to full bloom, allow us all to
awake from a long winter slumber and allow
forgiveness to bloom through grace which is
provided to us all. Amen.