Few celebrations point so directly to Hope for the marred human condition than Easter, when Christians gather to mark God’s forgiveness of sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In turn, Christians are commanded to forgive others. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14–15) The Cross is central to forgiveness. You must forgive because God has forgiven you.
If Christ could pray a prayer of forgiveness for those who were putting him to death … can you pray a prayer of forgiveness for those in your life who mistreat you? Jesus’ dying words on the cross are a powerful example of how you and I ought to treat those who mistreat us. Are you willing to follow His perfect example in every area of your life today? Will you extend forgiveness to those who don’t deserve it? Live out the life of forgiveness Christ has forgiven you.
If you need more encouragement in the area of forgiveness, listen to KSBJ’s Day Of Hope on the morning of April 16. KSBJ will share incredible stories of forgiveness, Rachelle and Carder will talk with pastors and counselors on the air and you will have the opportunity to have someone pray with you by calling 800.893.5725.
Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I accept your grace and forgiveness, and I need it daily. Today I’m turning to you, and I’m choosing to forgive the way you have forgiven me. Every time the memory comes back, I’ll forgive that person again until the pain is gone. Heal my heart with your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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