No matter where you are in your journey of discipleship, forgiveness is crucial. Forgiveness is crucial in your marriage, your relationships with your children, co-workers, friends, or neighbors.
Just as our feelings can change on a whim, so can our willingness to forgive. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” The Lord is always willing to forgive our sins.
Forgiveness is something that is so difficult for us sinful creatures to truly understand. As sinners, we are always keeping score so, for us to truly have the ability to forgive others, we need to surrender to the forgiveness that is ours through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus into this world to become sin for us so that our sins may be forgiven, and for our righteousness to be restored through His life, death, and resurrection. We have nothing to do with it, there isn’t any score to keep. We can neither add nor subtract from the perfect gift that is ours in Jesus Christ. The price has been paid in full. Forgiveness is ours because of Christ, and that forgiveness is total and complete.
We are told in Psalm 103:8-12, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Every day at the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections, clients hear about forgiveness. They hear the joyous news of what their Savior has done for them. The counselors at Cross Connections use the skills they have learned through their extensive educations and use Scripture to take their clients to the foot of the Cross. That is where clients surrender to the fact that their sins are forgiven and remembered no more. Because of Christ. That is the truth that all disciples cling to, no matter where they are at in their walk of faith.
This life and the world we live in won’t always be easy or free from despair. We aren’t promised sunshine and rainbows on a daily basis. There will be seasons of hurt and loss, times of sadness and anger, feelings of isolation and fear. The pain of sin does not discriminate in its affliction and infects us all.
Jesus shared with his disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
As we move closer to Fortify on February 27, it is my hope and prayer that the peace and hope that is ours in Christ guides and sustains you in your discipleship journey.
Matt Konow, Cross Connections Counseling