Forgiveness

Tonight, the UNOH FCA group I’m a part of discussed one simple, yet difficult word: forgiveness.

I love this topic because forgiveness truly frees us, and also has the capability of setting other people free, if they are willing to accept it.
We have always taught our kids that when someone says they are sorry to them, it is our kids job to not just say, “it’s ok”, but to take it one step further and say “I forgive you.”
It has become ingrained in them to do this.  So much so, that whenever Nathan bumps his head, or hurts himself, I come and give him a hug and say, “I’m sorry you got hurt buddy,” and he replies, “I forgive you.”
It’s sweet and it makes me laugh.  But it also makes me wonder if he is truly understanding the concept of forgiveness.  Thankfully, there are other times, where we see both he and Anna get it.  Their hearts are broken by the hurt they have caused and they truly seek or give forgiveness.  It reminds me that we are all on a journey to make forgiveness our lifestyle and not just some words we say out of habit.
God takes forgiveness seriously.  In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”
This passage always brings two questions to mind.
1. Have you asked God to forgive you and accepted the forgiveness offered through Jesus death and resurrection?
2.  Who do you need to forgive?
Forgiveness frees us, and could well do the same for someone else in your life.