The “F” Word

2 Mar

In our church the “F” word is forgiveness.  You can be teaching along and you’ve got an attentive group, but just mention forgiving others and as a group they almost unconciously lean back with their arms crossed across their chests–figuratively if not literally.

I suspect that forgiveness is the “F” word for many people.

I think that people equate God’s forgiveness with human forgiveness and thus do not experience the freedom of living in God’s forgiveness nor the freedom of living in a state of forgiveness toward others.  Unforgiveness ties us tightly to the person who has hurt us and makes us bitter.

All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. Romans 5:20-21

Isn’t that a great term?  Agressive forgiveness!  Father, help me aggressively forgive others today!

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