What do you think of when you think of forgiveness? I would be willing to bet that at least 90% of us think about forgiving something that has been done to us. I know that it is my first thought. Rarely do we think of a time when we need to be forgiven. So, to get a better view of how we should forgive, we should turn it around a bit. On the cross, Jesus asked God to forgive those who were killing and ridiculing Him. We’ve heard the story a thousand times, but think about it a minute. Can you imagine being the one hammering in the nails, realizing the horror you are committing, and looking into the eyes of Jesus as He says, “I forgive you.” Go there. See it. Feel it. It shakes me to the core. That is the forgiveness that we are given. That is the forgiveness we are called to. It’s the one that knows that we would never harm each other if we only knew what we were doing. It’s the one that knows we would never sin if we knew what harm it did to us. It’s the one that longs to make the other whole again, desperately. That’s what we are called to. Can we try it?


About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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