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Forgive Him

Whether you’ve been alive for five months or 50 years, at some point you’ve experienced sin. We have all been hurt by others’ sin and suffered the consequences of our own sin. But this cycle of being hurt and hurting others is not the way it has to be. God has created a way for us to move past the pain sin causes. It’s called forgiveness.

In 1 Corinthians 5:1, the apostle Paul reprimands a man in the church for sleeping with his father’s wife. Most of us would consider incest unforgivable. Yet Paul preaches hope for this man. In a follow-up letter to the church, Paul writes, “You ought to forgive and comfort him, so he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow” (2 Corinthians 2:7).

As we learn to forgive, we become more like Jesus. Forgiveness is not condoning sin. Forgiveness is choosing not to respond to sin with sin. When we forgive, we set aside our desire for revenge and trust God to exact justice. We choose not to hold on to bitterness, but instead to love those who hurt us. And as we forgive, God takes the worst of humanity -- our selfishness, sin and brokenness -- and uses it as an opportunity to display His heart for the world  — one of grace, mercy and justice.

Our natural response is to disregard those who sin against us, but God’s natural response is to forgive and restore. God cares that everyone, no matter the sin, finds hope, life and forgiveness in His Kingdom.  

Reflect: 

  • Do you consider certain sins unforgivable? If so, what are they? What does it say about God’s grace when we classify certain sins as “too bad” to be forgiven?
  • Who has sinned against you that you need to forgive? What step can you take today to let go of the grudge you’re holding?
  • What sins have you committed that you haven’t forgiven yourself for? Take time today to confess your sin to Jesus and ask for forgiveness from the people you’ve hurt.

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