Forgiveness is something believers in Christ Jesus are supposed to understand and apply throughout our lives. We see the perfect model of forgiveness in our Savior as He asked the Father to forgive His tormentors. When we are sinned against we need look no further than His example for guidance. However, as we search our hearts, we quickly learn that we are not capable of this task without His help. In His goodness, Christ helps us lay down hurts that otherwise could haunt us for our entire earthly lives.
For me, there is a magical element to forgiveness. Though a wound may be visible, it no longer stings my skin. Though a memory may be sharp, it no longer mocks my mind. Though a suffering may be consequential, it no longer holds my heart.
It’s as if Christ takes an eraser and wipes away what was, offering us a fresh beginning to what can be. What we thought would never end or would finish us in the process, becomes a part of our story, growing us in His likeness.
Forgiveness is our command, our duty, but it is also our delight. It is one of the greatest gifts we can offer to others because it was so freely given to us at such a high cost.
When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-34).