The Gospel of Forgiveness

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Read

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7

Reflect

Have you ever had trouble forgiving someone who wronged you greatly? Have you ever had to absorb the hurt from someone who is not sorry for what they’ve done? You know your soul would feel so much better seeking satisfaction for the wrongdoings of others, and yet, this is not how we are called to act as followers of Christ. Humans are inherently sinful, so of course people are going to hurt other people. We are depraved. We are selfish. We desperately need saving because we cannot “fix” ourselves or earn our salvation. Let that sink in. Without the Gospel, there would be no hope for mankind’s fallen estate.

I’ve had tremendous trouble forgiving others throughout my walk with Christ. Sisters, I am here to tell you that this is normal. It is normal to feel weak, and that is where we must admit our shortcomings and focus our hearts on what the Gospel preaches to us. I mean, when we look at all that Christ has done and forgiven of us, how can we not freely forgive others?

The Son of God emptied Himself for us. He made Himself nothing on our behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us.” When we look to the cross, we see Jesus who took our sin, our corruptness, and placed His righteousness on us. The glorious exchange where everything (Jesus) became nothing for our sake brings me to tears. The Gospel makes us whole. We were dead in our transgressions, and because of God’s great love, our salvation was made complete in the finished work of His Son. We did nothing to deserve this saving grace, but it is this grace that is freely offered to us when we reflect on the Gospel.

My dear sisters, if your heart is becoming hardened against someone who has sinned against you, please remember the Gospel. Remember all that Christ has done for you, and thank the Lord it was finished through Him…not us. Humble yourselves, and saturate your mind and heart in the truth of the Scriptures. Embrace the fullness of the Gospel, and bear witness to it. We can forgive because Christ forgave us...and we must.

Pray

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. I pray for a fuller understanding of the Gospel so that I might be equipped to live it out. Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross for my sins. Help me to forgive just as I have been forgiven. Give me a heart filled with joy and gratitude for the finished work of Christ. Amen.

Your Turn

Do you struggle with seeking vengeance when others sin against you? Read and reflect on Ephesians 1:7. Remember that our ability to forgive reflects how well we grasp the Gospel.