C. S. Lewis reminds those letting unforgiveness fester, in The Weight of Glory, that when offended by another, “even if he is absolutely fully to blame we still have to forgive him; and even if ninety-nine percent of his apparent guilt can be explained away by really good excuses, the problem of forgiveness begins with the one percent guilt which is left over. To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian character; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” Oh, how scandalous is the love of God, and oh, how outrageous the ways we love him back--including forgiving what many may call unforgivable.
“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:3-4)In his great love, we are no longer victims to anything, in fact, we have been made victorious, so we show Jesus our love by obeying his truth, even when it is hard. Forgiveness may seem impossible, but it is not. God will empower us to do what he asks of us. He forgave us without hesitation when we asked, fully knowing we didn’t deserve it. He loves us and calls us his own, and it is our privilege to find the courage to love like he does.
Chara Donahue is a freelance writer who is working on her first book. She enjoys doing biblical counseling, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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