by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Recently I read a verse in Isaiah which says God forgave us for his own sake, not ours.
That caught me off guard. Does it catch you off guard as well?
When I consider how my salvation was purchased at the cost of God’s son Jesus’ life to declare me forgiven, I don’t think of it being for God’s own sake, but for mine. I’m the one forgiven, after all.
But when I look closer at forgiveness, and the benefits we receive when we forgive, I see how forgiving others is for my sake, not theirs.
When we refuse to forgive the wrongs others do against us, we’re the ones who suffer. Not them.
They aren’t sitting around wringing their hands over what they’ve done to us. They’ve moved on.
When we forgive, we forgive for our own sake. It releases us from falling into Satan’s trap of bitterness. It keeps our hearts from becoming hardened. It allows us to love and trust again.
If we allow unforgiveness to define us, to become our mode of operandi, we’ll be miserable, don’t you think?
Unforgiveness can cut us off from opportunities for joy because we’ve closed ourselves off from potential hurt … and potential love.
Forgiveness is not easy. I know. That’s where God’s Holy Spirit comes in. He is the one who gives us the ability to say, “I forgive for my own sake.”
That is not saying the wrong done to us was right. It says we leave it in God’s hands.
God is the only one who can take away our sins. He is the only one who blots them out through the power of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Cavalry. God is the one who tells us we are forgiven, and remembers our sins no more.
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I, yes, I alone am he who blots away your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. Isaiah 43:25 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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