We just celebrated Good Friday and Easter Sunday is just around the corner. After my last post on “Issues of Forgiveness” I am reminded that the greatest lesson of forgiveness was given at the cross. It was at the cross Christ saw us at our absolute worst, took on our sins and pay the debt that we could never be good enough (or do enough good deeds) to satisfy without His blood. It was while he was being beaten, spat on, and condemned to die that Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It was at the cross one criminal asked for forgiveness and received access to paradise. The cross not only teaches us the greatest lesson of forgiveness, but it commands us to forgive.
If you are a believer, I pray that during this weekend, you will take time to rediscover the meaning of the cross, reflect on Jesus’ love for you, reach out to someone and freely give the gift of forgiveness. If you are a skeptic struggling not only with forgiveness, but also with the whole idea of a God, I pray you will seek to know Him for yourself. You can start by searching the Scriptures so that you may discover the meaning of the cross. To those of you who say you love God, let your love show in your words, conduct, compassion, and love for others. Start by doing unto others, as you would have them do unto you. In other words, don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk.
This weekend, as I reflect on Jesus and the cross, I think about how He gave His life so that I may have life, and have it more abundantly. I think about how good God has been to me in the past and how He continues to guide my steps. I ponder the fires and waters and barren lands he has taken me through, and the lion’s den he saved me from. I think about how merciful He has been even when, in His wisdom, He disciplined me. I consider His blood that covers me. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to love, serve, and walk in my purpose. The cross gives me peace, hope, joy, and I am so happy to know that He is alive in my life!
I will continue with the subject of forgiveness for a little while longer because it is a huge issue even for believers.