Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 17, 2020

Forgiveness Means

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 13:5 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

We’ve read a lot about forgiveness.  We have experienced the forgiveness of God most every day of our lives.  We are told we are to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are things we shouldn’t forgive.  We confuse forgiving the person with forgiving the action.  We often look at the example of Jesus forgiving Peter for denying Him 3 times.  We must also look at their last supper together in the upper room.  Notice Jesus washed the feet of all the disciples.  He knew Peter would deny Him 3 times in a few hours.  He knew Judas was going to betray His whereabouts to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver.  He knew all of them would hide away in fear.  Yet, He washed all of their feet.  Yes, including Peter and Judas.  We claim we want to follow the example of Jesus.  We like to give to others.  We like to visit the sick and the imprisoned.  We like sharing the good news.  But, forgiving someone who has hurt us or lied about us or has killed someone we know and love.   How can we possibly forgive them?  Jesus does.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning the actions.  Nor does it mean someone doesn’t have to bear the consequences of the actions.  Forgiveness means  a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.  We don’t deserve God’s forgiveness yet, because He loves us, He continually forgives us.  The disciples didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, yet He forgave them.    God even loves those who have hurt us.  Since God loves and forgives, who are we not to do the same?  Forgiveness is a conscious choice.  Let us learn to choose to forgive.  As we forgive healing of the hurt will slowly take the place of resentment and bitterness that only hurts us, not the ones who caused the hurt.  As we pray in the prayer Jesus taught us, “Forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others.

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