Have you ever held a grudge against someone? You've been hurt and you don't want it to happen again, so you keep a record of the wrongs you've encountered. The grudge grows and bitterness flourishes, keeping you separated from the offender.
Aren't you glad that God doesn't do the same to you?
Sin is serious. Everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23), it separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and leads to death (Romans 6:23). Sin warrants judgment, yet God can look at guilty sinners and forgive. How is this possible?
Only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
At the cross, God's perfect love was seen as the Son bore our sins. When Jesus went to the cross, he was standing in our place. For everyone who trusts in the death and resurrection of Christ, God will clearly say, "Your guilt is taken away and your sin is atoned for." This is unquantifiable, immeasurable, eternal love.
Micah 7:19 says, "He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." Not near the shore where they could easily be brought up again, but to be forgotten in the very depths of the sea.
When you believe in Jesus for your salvation, your sins no longer condemn you. This forgiveness and grace is the greatest news you'll ever hear.
C.S. Lewis said, "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."
Forgiving others isn't easy but it is necessary. How can you stop keeping a record of wrongs and start forgiving others? By remembering just how much God has forgiven you.
I am so thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for me. Thank you for forgiving my sins. Please help me to be boldly proclaim your grace and forgiveness. Give me the strength to forgive those that have hurt me in the past. Please give me the ability to extend grace to those that will hurt me in the future.