Lovingly Forgive

Posted: Jan 28 2013

"O' Lord, there is forgiveness with You." -Psalm 130:4

Forgiveness is non-judgmental love. That's the only real love. Most people love judgementally: I'll love you if you agree with me politically. I'll love you if you'll start living a cleaner life. If you don't meet my expectations, I will not love you. 

Even though we do not believe in God, He still loves us non-judgementally. There are no "ifs" in God's love for you and me! 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that if we love only the people that agree with us, what is so great about that? Even scoundrels and crooks love their fellow crooks. Jesus went on to say that genuine love is shown when God allows the sun to shine on the just and the unjust, and His rain falls on the good as well as the evil. 

That may seem unjust to you, but let me assure you this concept is filled with mercy. And there will always be a tension between justice and mercy! If you are having difficulty forgiving someone because "what they did is just not right," let me encourage you to forgive as you have been forgiven.

I can sense my anger and bitterness slipping away as I thank God for His forgiveness. I am forgiven. Therefore I shall forgive!

 

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