why your forgiveness matters
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:7,9)
Friend, I come to you today with these words heavy on my heart, wanting to share these words that I have been thinking about and carrying with me for some time now. I wanted to tell you that I am just like others at times, holding on to unforgiveness or anger or dislike or wrong attitudes — just because I think it too difficult a job to change my way of thinking. But the truth is — forgiveness holds such an important place in our lives.
Forgiveness is like that cord that holds us together; that binds together the broken, loose pieces and offers something to hold on to, to take hold of. Forgiveness allows growth in us messy and wounded people, bringing us that one breath closer to the One who loves us in the midst of our brokenness. Most of all, forgiveness gives meaning to the mess that we make.
“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.” (Daniel 9:9)
Mercy and forgiveness belong to the Lord. I know you know this one, dear one. You have felt His glorious grace lavishing you with His forgiveness time and time again. His new mercies have met you every morning, over and over again. We might rebel and fight against and stubbornly refuse His grace, and yet we will never be beyond the reach of His forgiveness — and that is why your forgiveness matters.
Our forgiveness matters because when we forgive others no matter what wrong was done against us, we are in that moment the most like God.
When we forgive others, we better learn that unconditional love of God that loved us while we were yet sinners. This same love reaches us even now. When we forgive others, we learn to extend this glorious grace and so tell the other what we know deep in our bones — that I am no better than you are. That we are just the same.
“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own … how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.” (William Allen White)
Bitterness that comes with unforgiveness, is the kind that roots itself deep into our cores. Bitterness has a way of steeping into our thoughts and slowly take hold of our hearts, eventually controlling our lives on a daily basis. And yet, I have learned this one thing — I am certain I have never been worthy of being forgiven the wrongs I have done to others myself. I would say the same for all of us.
Dear friend — your forgiveness matters. Forgiveness pours that much needed grace into our hearts, and allows us to grow in our mistakes and shortcomings. Forgiveness lifts up with love that heart in desperate need of radical love that breaks through walls and chains. Forgiveness shines that wondrous love into the dark of the night.
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