Jesus hung on the cross, humiliated, beaten and bloody. He chose that exact moment to do something no ordinary person would have EVER considered doing. Something completely unexpected. Something inconceivable. Something incredibly powerful. Something shockingly beautiful that displayed His unfailing love.
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at some point with the pain and hurt in their life. We’ve all been hurt, and for followers of Jesus Christ we all have to learn how to deal with it in the way God has given us.
The problem is, what comes much more naturally to most of us is to hold on the pain and hurt of life.
We welcome the idea of God’s forgiveness offered to us, but we all hesitate to extend forgiveness to others who have hurt us. As a follower of Jesus Christ, forgiveness is not optional. It is commanded. We are to forgive as we have been forgiven. Christ died to make forgiveness possible for us, which we were still His enemy. Our forgiveness should look like that. Our forgiveness should reflect our love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the last post we began looking at some of Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness. We will continue looking at Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness, as He continues to “raise the bar”.
Matthew 6:12 [Jesus] and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
This is in what most people refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer”. I grew up in a church that recited the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday. Sadly, I prayed those words hundreds of times without ever really taking in the true meaning of what I was praying for.
This study follows the “Getting Past Guilt” study, which focuses on receiving the forgiveness that God offers through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Forgiveness is the UNDESERVED cancelling and release of a debt, pardoning the offender, and declaring the offender ‘not guilty’. It means to release, to liberate, and to set free.
We all should realize how much we NEED forgiveness, because we have a constant need for forgiveness – from God, and from others. So we should be very willing to offer forgiveness to others when they mess up, right? But it doesn’t seem to work that way, does it?
God designed us to experience the emotions of guilt so that we would understand that we don’t have what it takes to stand before God. His intent is that our emotions of guilt should motivate us to seek Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sin.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t forgive yourself for some of the things you have done? Our culture teaches that we must learn to forgive ourselves before we can move on with our lives. This idea is found in popular magazine articles, promoted by television self-help gurus, and in modern secular psychology. But is it taught in the Bible? Is it possible to actually “forgive yourself”?
Before I go any further, I’d like to say that understanding and embracing this truth has had a profound impact on my own spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. I pray it will touch your heart as well, and draw you closer to our Lord and Savior.
We all have a natural desire for justice. That is why so many movies have a basic theme of good versus evil. The problem is, most movies generally try to masquerade vengeance and revenge as justice. But we all understand that wrong actions deserve punishment.