Monday Motivation: Forgiveness

Forgiveness
Practicing forgiveness doesn’t come easy to us as people. We’re very carnal in nature and sometimes the ideas of revenge or even a broken relationship can be the easy way out when someone has wronged us. Mark 25:11 is clear that unforgiveness toward others, especially those we call brothers and sisters, actually impedes us in our relationship with God.

So how do we get past the very human ideas of revenge, bitterness or even breaking the relationship? We have to start by getting through the roadblock of thinking that we can grasp forgiveness on our own. Since forgiveness isn’t a natural quality that we possess, what makes us believe that we can do it without help?

We can trick ourselves in believing that if we forget about the situation, then we’ve forgiven the person that wronged us. In theory it’s nice, but in practice it will never work. Forgiving someone has to happen before the offense can be forgotten. These are two seperate things.

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrews 8:12

While forgiveness may not come naturally to us a people, Jesus speaks about a model of forgiveness. In Matthew 18:21-35, He talks about a servant that begs before his master because he can’t repay his debt. The master takes pity on him and cancels the debt completely. The servant then approaches a peer that owes him a hundred silver coins. The servant violently demands payment of the debt he owes. He goes so far as to throw the man in prison! The master is furious at the actions of this servant that was just shown grace when faced with his own debt. He’s ordered to be tortured till his debt is paid in full.

When we forget the grace God has given us, we forget to have grace on others. Forgiveness is a model that God has perfected and we fall short of understanding. Our role is not to try and forgive on our own. Our role is to accept the model of forgiveness that God clearly layed out before us.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:12-13

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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