A Different Perspective - May 23

To Forgive

by Berni Dymet

Col. 3:13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

The word "forgive" is such a simple little word. Two syllables.

For and give. It literally means to give - before. To give before what? Well, before someone deserves it.

In fact that's what forgiveness is. By definition, when we forgive someone they haven't earned it - it's something we give before they earn it. Otherwise it's not forgiveness.

And that really helps me to understand what Jesus dying on the cross was all about. God did that - before we deserved it. He paid for all my failures - for all my - well, let me call it what He calls it - SIN - before I ever deserved it. 

And then, then He says - all we have to do - you and I - is to put our complete trust in His for-give-ness - and it's ours. 

What do you make of that? It's either the ultimate in love, or the ultimate in stupidity. 

And He hands it to us and says You decide.

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