Forgiveness can be difficult for the one offering it.
But for the one receiving it, it’s freedom.
When you’re the person who hurt or sinned against someone else, nothing heals that wound quicker than forgiveness.
To those of you who failed, messed up and hurt another person, that doesn’t have to define you. Whether or not you’ve received forgiveness from the person you offended, you can receive it from Jesus.
This was His mission – to free us from the curse of sin so we no longer have to bear our sin or the shame that can so easily smother us. When you believe in Jesus as your Savior, forgiveness is available. Jesus waits for us to bring our mistakes to Him so He can cover us with His grace.
And here’s the beautiful thing about the forgiveness Jesus offers. Once you’ve confessed it, Jesus removes it. Listen to what Psalm 103:12 says:
“…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
While God is speaking to the Israelites in Isaiah 43 telling them He won’t remember their sins, the principle is the same for us today:
“’I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.’”
What freedom!! Friend, your mistakes don’t have to define you. You can lay those down at the feet of Jesus as He took those upon Himself when He died on the cross. His sacrifice washed you clean so that the sin that weighed so heavily on your heart would be removed.
But I know the feeling to long for forgiveness from the person you sinned against. That’s a good desire, but don’t let it consume you. If you’ve asked for forgiveness from the other person, asked Jesus for forgiveness and repented, you’ve done all you can do. Walk in the freedom offered from Jesus.
For the one who was hurt, I know the pain cuts deeply. Jesus wants to heal your wounds too. He’s sees your hurt and He knows every cry of your heart. I want to be so delicate and sensitive in saying this because I know we all encounter different levels of hurt, but through Jesus forgiveness is possible for the person who hurt you.
I want you to know what a gift you are offering to the person who hurt you. When you extend forgiveness, you demonstrate the forgiveness Jesus offers. You are an active vessel showing the other person Jesus’ love.
And oh what an incredible instrument you are in that person’s life! To experience the gift of forgiveness from another person is to understand and experience a taste of the immense forgiveness we have all received from Jesus.
Whether the offender or the offended, as believers we all have received the gift of forgiveness from our sweet Savior Jesus and when we demonstrate that act of forgiveness to one another, we are directly reflecting the magnificent glory of our Savior! Praise Jesus for this greater grasp of Him through the gift of forgiveness!