“Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.” Mt. 5:7
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Mt. 6:14-15
Being on the road for Jesus for nearly two years has given me countless opportunities to hear devastating stories of people horribly wounded emotionally, physically, mentally, and sexually at the hands, hearts, and words of others. The newspaper and evening news are also filled daily with indescribably hard stories of people heinously hurt by others. How can they, and we, possibly forgive what some people call the unforgivable?
Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ makes it abundantly clear we are COMMANDED TO LOVE and we are COMMANDED TO FORGIVE. Okay, some things seem reasonably manageable to forgive. So we forgive. But what do we do when we truly believe something is unforgivable? And that there’s no way possible we can forgive that person? Or those people?
Think of it this way. God will not command us to do something we can’t do. He will enable us to do what He tells us to do. Love included. Forgiveness included.
So where do we begin? As several servants of Christ told me years ago, we start with a decision to forgive. Yes, a decision. A decision to obey God when it comes to forgiving. No matter what it is. No matter who it is.
If you’re refusing to forgive someone, or you’re willing to forgive but can’t seem to do it, turn to the Lord and ask Him for what you need. Willingness. Strength. Mercy. Love. Forgiveness. Absolutely whatever you need in order to forgive. In Christ’s love, in Christ’s strength, in obedience to Him, FORGIVE!