Forgiveness is true love… Hum, how does that statement affect you? Hopefully it gets your mind thinking and it stirs your heart as well. I truly think the two are related merely because our God who is love is a God of forgiveness. So, in essence, in order to be walking in love, you should also be walking in forgiveness. Agree?
Let’s dig a little deeper…
Here’s a definition for forgive:
to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong)
to stop blaming (someone)
to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)
So, we basically let go of anything that has been done to us by someone else when we forgive. We no longer have anger or blame toward the person or persons who hurt us. Now, that sounds good and in a perfect world, it is totally doable. But we do not live in a perfect world and because of that, we often struggle with forgiveness. All of us do, including me. Here’s where a higher power comes into play. God, as I referred to above, is a God of forgiveness. Consequently, He forgives us for anything and everything we do. Once we have the been forgiven, our Father forgets the offense and no longer reminds us of it. How is that possible? Because of who God the Father is and because of His amazing love for us.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)
As we are told in the Bible, we are to love others. Loving others includes forgiving others, giving grace to those around us. That is the ultimate way to be a light to the world and show God’s love to the world. Often, the actual act of forgiveness and letting go is very difficult, thus the need for help. The only help that truly enables us to forgive anyone and everyone for anything is Jesus Christ. Let’s look for a minute at one integral point in the life of Christ where He is seen in the ultimate act of forgiveness…
And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Luke 23: 33-34 (NKJV)
Jesus asked God the Father to forgive those who crucified Him. Wow! The ultimate forgiveness. You know what though? We are given that power through Jesus to to have that same forgiveness towards others. Moreover, in that forgiveness, we bring others closer to God. He uses our obedience to Him and our loving all of His creation as a way to bring hope to the world. This act brings us closer to the final glory of glories.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NKJV)
Love is a picture of God and who He is. In that love, He provided forgiveness and essentially grace and mercy for us, His children. As we love with His love, we are able to give forgiveness freely, thereby walking in our identity as sons and daughters of God the Father. Love is above all things as is the Lord. Forgiveness is the ultimate act of love, true love, God love.
Definition for forgiveness from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgiveness
Bible verses from the New King James Version Bible
Proverbs picture from https://www.pinterest.com/source/peachy-blisss.tumblr.com/
Mother Theresa quote from http://quotesgram.com/forgiveness-quotes-from-the-bible/