Forgiveness is hard.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been falsely accused.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been rejected.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been slandered.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been bullied.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been lied to.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been betrayed.
Forgiveness is hard when you’ve been hurt.
We’ve all had this stuff happen to us. Unfortunately, it’s a part of living with broken people in a broken world.
But, have you ever stopped to think about why forgiveness is so hard?
Why do we like to hold onto our pain so tightly?
Do we really think that not forgiving someone is going to make the pain go away?
Think about this…
Jesus came to earth to not only forgive us, but to show us how to forgive.
If you’ve read anything about Jesus’ life, you know that he was falsely accused, rejected, slandered, bullied, lied to, betrayed, and hurt by some of his own friends and the people who were supposed to be his biggest supporters.
Believe me, Jesus understands forgiveness.
And, he knows that it’s hard.
But, that didn’t stop him from repeatedly forgiving people then…
And, it doesn’t stop him from repeatedly forgiving us now.
Truth is we’ve all hurt Jesus with our sin, but he chooses to forgive us over and over and over again.
Forgiveness is hard, because we often forget how much we need forgiveness ourselves.
Jesus paid the ultimate price to make forgiveness possible.
And, he showed us how to forgive.
So, the next time forgiveness is hard for you, remember this…
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” (C.S. Lewis)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)