Forgiveness is a term used a lot in our world. Forgive me mom, forgive me son, forgive brother, forgive me friend, forgive me father ect. It’s almost used too much, but is that really a bad thing? When Peter asked Jesus about how many times to forgive Jesus responded this “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy seven times” (Matthew 18:22 ESV). Forgiving too much is not a sin, in fact it’s asked of us to do so. Have you sat down and thought about all the sins committed by yourself and asked for forgiveness? I know I have and so many times it has come up more than 77 times.
That’s one of Jesus’ points about forgiving. He has forgiven us and will continue to do so, so long as we have a heart for Him. He still asks us to have a heart of God’s. One point to make about asking too much forgiveness is this, is it being done to simply make yourself feel better, or doing because you know what you did was wrong and it’s killing you inside? Forgiveness can be a loose term especially in today’s world.
Many young kids may just ask because they are used to the term, but don’t understand what it’s really for. Now it’s still good to ask, but forgiveness is such a deep emotion. Forgiveness is not only asking for it, it’s giving it. It’s not just giving it, but it’s letting go of the mistake you made, or friend, or family member made. It’s also forgiving your enemy no matter how dark the situation is, because the truth is, you may be hated here on Earth, but in Heaven you are loved! You have been forgiven eternally by Jesus Christ. He wants us to go the extra mile for our enemies because He went many extra miles for us.
As Apostle Paul wrote in Romans “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his Grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). Paul wrote about that extra mile Jesus went for us. Jesus was spit on, slapped in the face, whipped till he was bleeding and some skin ripped off, then had a crown of thorns placed on his head, he was mocked, and then Crucified. Jesus went through all that torture knowing He could have stopped it at any point, but cared more about forgiving His enemies. Jesus said this in response to his enemies “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:35).
Forgiveness is not a light term, it’s a heavy term, it’s a hard term, it’s a beautiful term. It’s heavy because of what forgiveness means. It’s hard because sometimes we have to forgive people we don’t want to forgive. It’s beautiful because Jesus forgave us and extending that same kind of forgiveness He freely handed us, is a burden lifted. It’s also beautiful because we know what our forgiveness means when we get to see Christ face to face. God Bless!