Elected to Forgive

“I forgive you,” she said as she took a step of faith towards the restoration of her marriage.

It hadn’t been an easy decision.  The last six months had been filled with a torrent of  pain and anguish.  She had felt the cut of betrayal and found that its slice ran deep.

Now leaning into the arms of Jesus she elected to forgive, fully understanding what that required.  She knew that it would take work and blinding trust.  She knew that she would have to lay down her rights, the right to retaliate, the right to accuse.  And she knew that she would have to die to self… and so she did.

Infidelity, shattered trust, betrayal, pain, rejection, insecurity, injury, anger, condemnation, injustice, vengeance, control, bitterness, her right, her will, all placed on the altar of forgiveness, all relinquished into the hands of God.

And so the healing process began and she was faithful to forgive as she trusted her God to do a good work in her.

The Power of Forgiveness

The power of forgiveness loosens the chains of bitterness, hate, anger, resentment and self pity.  To forgive  liberates the one who has been injured and begins the healing process.

Forgiveness is a true gift, pure and unblemished.  When unconditionally given to those who do not earn it, who do not want it, and who do not know that they have need of it, we enter into the very heart of God and stand in the light of Christ.

We begin to understand that forgiveness is a true sacrificial gift that can only be given by electing to grant it.  It  is a choice, a powerful choice that leads to complete restoration of mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It takes the broken and makes it whole.  It is an act of love.

All of us at one time or another is in need of being forgiven.  And likewise, there will be situations in our lives that will challenge us to elect to forgive.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice of forgiveness by giving his life in exchange for our condemnation.  He elected to forgive.  He made the powerful choice that brought restoration between God and mankind.  He gave the pure and unblemished gift to those who did not earn it, who do not feel that they have need of it and even for those who do not want it.

I am glad that He elected to forgive.

“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send his son into the world to condemn it but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3: 16-17

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