Ephesians 1:7 NIV  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

It’s funny how I see the reality of forgiveness now, as compared to how I viewed forgiveness years ago when I was not a Christian.

Are we truly able to meet the high standard that we demand of how others treat us, when it comes to dealing with others?

All of us fall short. We all make mistakes, we all demand of others what we fail to do ourselves. That includes me and it includes you. It’s a part of being human. To see the faults of others and ignore our own faults is just not being honest. And it sets up a false perception about ourselves and others.

We are imperfect beings dealing with imperfect beings, every one of us. That’s what I see as reality. And, having lived 73 years, I have come to the realization that forgiveness is the only logical answer. I can’t hold others accountable for the wrongs they have done to me if I want to be forgiven for the wrongs that I have done to others. It just doesn’t work that way.  If I want to be forgiven, then I also must forgive.

If I want my mistakes in the past not to be brought up for accounting, then I must be willing to not bring up the mistakes that others have done to me in the past. I can’t hold onto the wrongs that have been done to me if I want my mistakes to be forgotten.

People who love one another forgive one another. We move on, we strive to focus on what the future holds rather than focus on what transpired in the past. Holding onto resentment from the past gets you absolutely nothing but continued resentment. We may not forget but we do have to let it go.

The kicker is that daily, someone will either intentionally or unintentionally hurt some one else’s feelings. It happens all the time and most times we’re not even aware of it because we all have a tendency to focus on ourselves rather than on others. That also is reality.  So I try to let that go too, because we all do it and most times it is not deliberately intentional. Once again, letting some of the small infractions go is what people do who love one another. It happens.

When I wasn’t a Christian, forgiveness was conditional, it depended upon a number of factors, most of which were totally illogical, when it comes to what true justice is. Forgiveness is not always easy, until one begins to comprehend exactly what we have been forgiven for. And the scary part is, in most cases, we haven’t even barely scratched the surface, when it comes to how we have sinned against God.

For Christians, forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment.

Mark 11:25 NIV  “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

“Anything against anyone” is pretty inclusive.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!




Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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6 comments on “Forgiveness
  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Good truth being taught here; Christianity change how I forgive people in a radical way

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  2. Yes, DAILY people hurt one another, intentionally or unintentionally.
    The way I look at it, f the offense was intentional and the person wanted to hurt you, why give them the satisfaction of dwelling on it and being miserable? And if it was unintentional, there’s really nothing to forgive. Either way, “let it go.”

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  3. Jeff Rab says:

    Excellent post, Bruce, and very well timed for me to read! Well said! Spot on! And, love the feature picture!

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  4. “For Christians, forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment.” How true this is. What a great post, it really hit me hard. I struggle with unforgiveness. Thanks for allowing God to use you. I needed that.

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