We’ve all had times when someone hurt our feelings, or maybe said something that caused us pain. Maybe we were the ones who caused pain to another. They – or we – may have even meant well. Last week I had someone call me to apologize and ask forgiveness for something that was meant well, but caused me pain. I was so touched by this person’s humility and heart, and immediately, although I had forgiven it already, my heart went out to them.
Forgiveness is the key, for we are all human and forgiveness is really the result of love. Resentfulness, bitterness, anger – all have no place with love. God’s Word says that love never notices when others do things wrong. Love is patient and kind. We as Christians need to remember to love one another – something not always easy to do.
People are not perfect – yet He loves us. Therefore wouldn’t it be good to see others through God’s eyes? To see them through the eyes of love? That’s how the Lord sees them. That’s how He see us.
Forgiveness is freedom. Not only for the person who caused the hurt, but also for the person who was hurt. Otherwise, both are bound. Love is freedom and forgiveness is freedom – therefore love is forgiveness. It’s the key that opens prisons and sets the captives free. Love heals. Forgiveness heals. Love and forgiveness go hand in hand – they work together in many ways.
It’s hard to love without forgiveness and it’s hard to truly forgive without love. For God so loved the world that He gave His Son Jesus to die for us that we would be forgiven of our sins. Love and forgiveness includes sacrifice. God sacrificed His Son for our forgiveness. We also sometimes sacrifice to forgive as well. We may have to sacrifice our pride, anger, resentfulness, hurt – the list goes on and on. In return, we receive freedom, love and joy.
Forgiveness had many facets – but they all lead to love.