“We all must become professional forgivers.”
Forgiveness is at the very core of human interaction. Why? Because we all need to be forgiven.
Forgiveness is meant to have incredible free, relentless power.
We take away the power when we attach strings. When we attach expectations. When we attach ultimatums. When we attach punishment, resentment and pain. How free can forgiveness be when it is tied down?
“…. Be kindhearted to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Powerful forgiveness, the freeing kind, is a forgiveness that comes from a place of understanding. Forgiveness comes from our own brokenness and our own separation from perfection. Powerful forgiveness is born in humility.
You can tell me a thousand ways a man or woman doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and I will show you a thousand ways that I too do not deserve to be forgiven. I don’t deserve the sacrifice or even the love, but it doesn’t stop the reality that I have been redeemed.
“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5
There is no substitute for humbling yourself before God. A humble heart pleases God. The humble cry invites Him to demonstrate his power. And it is in that place forgiveness is given power. We are given the power to cut the strings that bind us. We are given the opportunity to freely give what we have so generously (undeservedly) experienced for ourselves.