I have been trying to think of the easiest thing I’ve ever had to forgive. The conundrum lies in that what is easy to forgive is also easy to forget. Maybe the easiest thing was when someone was a few minutes late to a meeting or when one of my nieces drew with crayons on one of my possessions. I mean, how could I not forgive those cute faces? But if you were to ask me the hardest thing I’ve ever had to forgive? The answer comes immediately. I’m guessing something just came to your mind, too. Maybe someone wounded you so deeply that even thinking of forgiving them seems like too easy an end for that situation. Or maybe you’re like me, finding it nearly impossible to forgive yourself for your past and/or current mistakes.
Why embrace the difficult task to forgive? Why not just let our wounds and sins follow their course? There is one reason that hope lives in my heart when I’m reminded of all the ways I have messed up or the ways others have hurt me: Christ forgave me.
One of the verses of “It Is Well With My Soul” says this:
My sin–oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!–
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Was nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
Jesus didn’t look at my sin and say, “Hmmm…. I see some smaller sins over here. Those are easy to forgive. Annnd…done! Wait a minute. What do we have here? Whoa. These are some big sins. I mean, Aimee, what were you thinking? I’m not sure I want to forgive these. You should probably be punished for all of these. Then you’ll surely learn your lesson.” Aren’t you thankful that is not His nature?
Jesus is so overcome with love for us that He forgives all of our sin–no matter how “big” or “small”. The amazing part of the gift of salvation that God gave us is that it applies to every time we’ve ever missed the mark–whether we are still within range or were shooting in the opposite direction. He has forgiven us “not in part but the whole.” All we have to do is ask! When I sing that verse of “It Is Well”, my heart begins to burst with the way God sees past my sin into who He has made me to be.
Romans 4:7-8 says,
If God can forgive us, we can forgive ourselves and others. Those difficult areas of our lives can be settled and all can be well with our souls.
What areas are you currently having difficulty forgiving?
What things can you be joyful and thank God for forgiving in your life?
What is one step you can take today to embrace the forgiveness of God and, in turn, forgive someone else?
“Thank you, Father, that you have forgiven me. You finished what you started and didn’t leave one sin unforgiven. You didn’t leave me to my own ways. You called me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light. Through You, I know I can forgive myself and others. Help me to love as You love. Amen.”