Sunday, 6 April 2008

Forgiveness

The topic of forgiveness is something that is or should be something close to the heart of every one of us. Firstly all who call themselves Christians should know the real depth of how they are forgiven.
Scripture tells us that those who are forgiven much, love much. And so one could say that those who love much - know how much they are forgiven and out of that knowledge springs a well of love.
Forgiveness is something that we all are called to give freely to others. Yet I believe for some of us we are to quick to mouth the words we forgive, without first working through the reality of what it is we are forgiving. To truly forgive someone, it means that we truly have experienced and know the true reality of all they have done to us. We have to know the pain and allow ourselves to feel the physical, emotional, spiritual pain of what has been done to us. Then and only then are we able to truly forgive those who have sinned against us in what ever way they have done so for what ever it is they did to us.

Jesus went through the agony of the cross. He endured the pain of betrayal of His friends. He endured the pain of being mocked. He endured the pain of being flogged. He endured the pain of being nailed to the cross. He endured the taunts of unbelief. He endured the final rejection of His Father and the Holy Spirit leaving Him to die alone on the cross. And it was towards the end of His pain, towards the end of fully experiencing the pain, the shame and the loneliness of the cross that He uttered the words. "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing"

In other words, Christ is saying "I forgive you"

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