“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:47-50 (ESV)
Watching politicians after an election, one would think forgiveness is an easy thing to give. After many hateful words, slander, and spreading any lie that might impugn the character of the other, the candidates “make-up” for the benefit of the country.
We aren’t fooled. We know from experience forgiveness is hard to get and hard to give. Our minds tend to recall the painful words that have been said, or the ill treatment we have received. And there are some things that happen to us that seem impossible to overcome with true forgiveness. It would take an act of God, literally.
This is why God acted in history, that we might receive forgiveness, and in response, be able to give forgiveness. Unless we have been forgiven, we cannot truly forgive someone else. Unless we have humbled ourselves to recognize our need for forgiveness, we are incapable of humbling ourselves to forgive others. Being forgiven and giving forgiveness are indeed humbling responses to our own failures and to the failures of others.
God’s Plan to Forgive
Did you know the Bible says God’s love for us is “as high as the heavens are above the earth” and “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:11-12 ESV)? Because of the Lord’s great steadfast, everlasting love for us, He takes our sin and puts it forever away from Him, never to be remembered.
Forgiving and forgetting our sin is possible because God made it possible. Before the creation of the world, the plan was in place. God’s Son would come to earth to show us God’s love and how we should live. As planned, Jesus came. He walked on earth giving hope, healing, and forgiveness to all who believed. Then He died on the cross and overcame death, making it possible for all generations to find forgiveness for their sins.
Have you been forgiven? To anyone who turns to Jesus in repentance, His words will always be “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”