“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” – Unknown
“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” – Tony Robbins
What is forgiveness? Many would answer that it’s something you do so that you don”t hurt yourself by holding a grudge, that it’s not for the good of the offender but yourself. But what about true forgiveness? What does it look like to totally and truly forgive someone, not for your good but theirs? Why don’t we look at the creator of forgiveness, God.
By looking a his example we can see what true forgiveness is. He forgave us while we were still wronging him, before we even knew we needed to be forgiven. He would have been justified in not forgiving us, in just letting us reap what we sowed. He had the right to just let us keep living our lives till the end and then just giving us what we deserved when we died. But he didn’t, he chose to show us true forgiveness. He sent his one and only son to die for us and take the punishment we rightly deserved. His son Jesus died the death we should have died, he took the pain that we deserved. And through that, God gave us a way to be truly forgiven and to be with him someday. If we would only accept His free gift, God would totally wipe away our Wrongs, our Failures, our Mistakes, our Sins. He would forget them totally, He would send them away “as far as the East is from the West.” That is True forgiveness!
Have you been forgiven? Are you showing others true forgiveness? True forgiveness is a hard road, but if we could learn how to give it how different would the world be? what would it look like?
“The physical power of real love is staggering, because real forgiveness is staggering…” – Ted Dekker, Water Walker
“Always remember you have been given the power to forgive any offense, and in so doing, remove it from your awareness as far as the East is from the West. True vision is his gift, allowing you to see no blame; forgiveness is your truest purpose in life. Seventy times seven, always leaving the old self in a watery grave and rising to find no fault. That’s grace, that’s true baptism and that’s good news…” – Ted Dekker, Water Walker
Read “Water Walker” by Ted Dekker to learn more, and as always, remember to Live Creatively!