We have a powerful gift to offer the world. The forgiveness which Jesus Christ secured for us at the cross and through the resurrection means that we are no longer under condemnation for our sin (Romans 8:1). Instead of living in anxiety, wondering when judgment will come, we trust that Jesus took the punishment for our sin at the cross fully and completely. We no longer need to live anxiously awaiting judgment. We can live in the freedom and confidence of knowing that in Christ we are secure in our relationship with the Father. The Holy Spirit seals in us this forgiveness (Ephesians 1:3-14) and insures that day by day we can experience this freedom and confidence.
Those who have been forgiven are held accountable to forgive others as we have been forgiven. Jesus affirmed this responsibility as He taught His disciples to pray. Jesus said. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing.” (Mark 11:25).
If you are struggling with forgiveness remember two things:
- God has forgiven you fully and completely in Jesus Christ.
- You are given the assignment to forgive others who may have sinned against you.
Don’t let another day go by without claiming by faith the gift of forgiveness AND offering forgiveness to those who may have sinned against you!