The Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful things known to man. Imagine if God didn’t completely forgive us, but instead made us constantly pay for our wrong doings. We would live life in a perpetual state of dread and despair. Or, imagine if God were like us, forgiving only the minor offenses but keeping record of the bigger ones. How different our lives would be. Forgiveness is so powerful that in some cases it can actually bring physical healing to a sick body. Remember the Bible story of the lame man let down trough the hole in the roof? Jesus looked at him and said, “your sins are forgiven, take up your bed and walk.” He didn’t address the physical problem, but instead addressed the spiritual need, and by doing so his physical body was healed.
Forgiveness can Expose
The need for forgiveness is so deep within many of us that it will cause some to spend their entire lives in pursuit of it. Remember the story of Mary the prostitute? The moment she came in contact with Jesus she poured on him her greatest possession, the one she had spent her lifetime saving. She then further showered her love on him by cleaning his feet with her tears and drying them with her hair. Her actions not only brought healing to herself but also caused the bitterness in both Peter’s heart, and the others in the room, to be exposed. They were so upset at what she was doing that they tried to bring even more shame on her by saying, “master, if you only knew what type of woman were touching you!” To which Jesus replied, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss of greeting, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in. You did not put oil on my head, but she poured perfume on my feet. I tell you that her many sins are forgiven, so she showed great love. But the person who is forgiven only a little will love only a little.” Wow, their selfish righteous attitudes were not only exposed, but shown that they too needed forgiveness. I’m so thankful that this is the God we serve, one of forgiveness of all sin. Maybe it’s time you receive some of your own.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite scriptures.
“He has remembered his promises for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.” Psalm 105:8