(A Message Inspired By The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller)
The concept of forgiveness can be difficult to grasp. Although many of us actively seek to better understand it, we are often at a loss when it comes to extending it to those who have hurt us or wronged us in some way. But in the word forgiveness, there lies a blessing. In forgiveness and in the ability to forgive, there is a gift which points to the giving of grace.
Forgiveness is spoken of repeatedly throughout the Bible. No greater story exists about it than in the example of Jesus Christ who forgave mankind for their sins by sacrificing His life. Through His selfless act, He showed a supernatural ability to love. He demonstrated a holy capacity to bestow favor. He taught that total, unconditional forgiveness was and is possible.
In viewing forgiveness through a lens of grace (in Christ), we can begin to see a mercy-colored life for both the offender and the offended.
Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Read Matthew 26:20-27:54; Mark 14:17-15:39; Luke 22:47-23:46; John 17:1-19:30. Write down every example of an offense that would require forgiveness. Next, write down the response of Jesus. Make special note of the grace factor that was extended to others. Go forward allowing the Holy Spirit to instruct you on the ways of forgiveness.
Note: Additional word study may be required, as well as Scripture cross-referencing.
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