The Lord’s Prayer: The Freedom of Forgiveness

Right, it’s been a while now since we’ve gone through the last part of the Lord’s prayer, so it’s time to continue! Last time I went through, “Lord, forgive us our sins.” Today I’m going to talk about, “As we forgive those who have sinned against us.”

If you thought the last parts of the prayer were difficult to truly pray then this takes it up another level. A lot of people have unforgiveness buried deep in their hearts, and most refuse to let it go. Forgiving someone who has wronged or hurt you is hard. I understand how hard it can be to forgive that person who broke your heart, but let me give you a question: Who broke Jesus’ heart?

If you pointed to others, you’ll be right, but there’s one person you forgot: yourself. We were the ones who put Christ on the cross. It was our sin that drove those nails through his wrists and feet. But here’s where the true grace of God comes in. Jesus says in His dying, rasping breath, “Father, forgive them!” Jesus was covered from head to toe in His own blood, and nails were being driven through Him, yet He pled for their forgiveness.

See, Christ has forgiven us, and when we can’t forgive others, what we’re basically saying is that Jesus is wrong. We can accept Christ’s forgiveness because we deserve it, but the one who hurt us doesn’t. He shouldn’t have died for them. Jesus says that if you don’t forgive others, He will not forgive your sins. Jesus gave us grace, yet we can’t give it to others. The Christian life is summed up when we love the unlovable and forgive the inexcusable.

The act of forgiveness can be summed up in the act on the cross. Jesus absorbed our pain, and gave us grace instead of judgement. To forgive, we need to die. We need to lay it down: our judgments, our bitterness. Absorb the pain, and let grace take hold.

I know it’s hard, but His grace is sufficient. And if it’s enough to save me, it’s enough to save whoever broke your heart.  “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it,”-Mark Twain.

Christ loves them unconditionally, and He’s given them grace beyond measure, just as He has for you. So lets surrender it all to the one who surrendered it all for us; because if He lives in you, who can hurt you?