Trusting that I have been forgiven through the power of the cross, I am able to forgive.
There is great freedom in forgiveness.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to forgive someone. It’s hard to forgive someone when what they did still hurts and affects my life even years later. The pain years ago made me very angry and turned my life upside down. I didn’t feel like forgiving, but then again, who feels like doing hard things? Who wants to experience the crosses in our lives?
Jesus prays in the garden before His crucifixion, “My soul is sorrowful until death.” “My Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will but as You will” (Matthew 26:38-39). Our forgiveness came with a cost – EVERYTHING, even unto death. It isn’t easy to forgive.
“Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give.” So, having recieved forgiveness, I ought to forgive. Following Christ, we become more like Christ, which isn’t easy. It’ll cost you – EVERYTHING. We must die with Him to rise with Him.
So, I died to myself and pushed beyond the uncomfortable, heartbreaking pain of approaching someone who hurt me so much and said the simple words, “I forgive you.”
Tears flooded from my face as I let go of the anger, hurt, and bitterness. I am so glad I was able to forgive because now I am free. I surrender.