Forgiveness is the Heart of God

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory).

More than 2000 years ago, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.  The narrative never gets old and as I grow older I am even more dumbfounded that God would choose to put his glory on display by rescuing a rebel like me.

I cannot help but to be moved when confronted with forgiveness.  It is without question the zenith of the Gospel, that the God-man, Jesus Christ would offer Himself as the GREATEST solution to our greatest problem – sin.

When I consider the cross and the deliberate, intentional words Christ spoke while bleeding and suffocating in my place, while the weight of the wrath of God for all humanity was being absorbed by Him, I am made small in the transcendence of incomprehensible grace.

Consider all of the justifiable, indignant, warranted, deserving curses that He could of uttered as He hung in agony.  And instead, what does he say in this crucial moment?  How does He spend his final breaths? “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they do.”

Undeserving compassion, unceasing mercy,  unyielding forgiveness.  That’s our God.

And if that doesn’t drive you to worship and forgive others, I am not sure what will.

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

– Psalm 103:10-12

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