One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is the concept of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is something that runs contrary to the natural inclinations of man’s heart. If your spouse lashes out at you, your natural response is to fight back. If someone cuts you off in traffic, your natural response is to offer a few choice words or ride their bumper in a fit of indignation.
The truth is, the nature of man is to even the score. Watch most any TV or movie thriller, and you’ll find getting even as a central theme. Our culture is saturated with “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
But Jesus offers us a different way to live. He reveals to us the great mystery of forgiveness. The church just celebrated the coming of Jesus (God) to earth. How did the culture respond to Jesus? Few believed Jesus was God, others responded with indifference, and many responded with hatred and rebellion. In fact, they were so angry with Jesus and His teachings that they had him crucified by the Romans.
But what was Jesus’ response after they had beaten Him, taken His clothing, insulted and spit on Him and nailed Him to the cross? “Father forgive them.” Jesus had the power to destroy his enemies, but he didn’t. Why?
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10
Seeking God’s forgiveness
Jesus came to forgive mankind of his sin and rebellion against God. Through His sacrifice He demonstrated His love toward us. God forgave our sins before we ever said we were sorry. When we turn from our sins and receive His forgiveness we have peace with God.
But the story doesn’t end there. Because we have been forgiven we can forgive others. To find out how to forgive people who have hurt you visit http://experiencecrossroads.com/#/welcome/forgiveness.
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