Daily Good News – Christ’s Forgiveness
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Jul 27, 2015 1095
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
We tend to be rather smug about forgiveness in our daily lives. We feel that before we can forgive a person, they must confess, repent, and make restitution, and then we may condescend to forgive! One thing this is how we are to accept forgiveness, but how we are to forgive is quite another!
How arrogant of us to put such conditions on forgiveness when Christ placed none on us!
Consider this. On the cross, Jesus said, “Forgive them.” To whom was He referring? He was referring to all. He did not say, “Forgive him and him and her, but not that guy over there who just spit on me.” He said, “Forgive them.” And in so saying, He forgave us all.
Jesus was crucified with a criminal on either side. Society was prepared to forgive neither.
One thief on one side of Jesus cursed His name and mocked Him. The other thief on the other side expressed His faith in the Lord.
And on the cross Jesus stretched out His hands and held them out in invitation to both at the same time, and said, “Father, forgive them.”
Because the heart of God does not discriminate in His forgiveness.
If there is someone in your life whom you are unwilling to forgive, then there is no-one in your life whom you are willing to forgive.
Jesus forgave you before you were born; He has loved you from eternity. All you need do now is to accept His forgiveness, and you will be forgiven.
…And then you must pass it on.
Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. (Colossians 3:13)