“To whom much is given, much is required.”

Having been forgiven of so much of that for which the Father put Jesus on the cross, how can we not eagerly offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us? Forgiveness is painful and costly and means we willingly absorb the loss, the personal cost, and the pain of not making another pay for their own offenses.

Forgiveness actually hurts. But unlike, unforgiveness, it’s a hurt that heals. And that costly love is what we are called to do for one another, for one reason, and one reason alone: Jesus did that once, for all, for each and every sin we have ever committed, by omission or commission, past, present, or future, against him. If we do not believe we are great sinners who have been freely and graciously pardoned by a Holy God, and remain daily in his debt, we will tightly limit both what and whom we will forgive.

Lord, help us to forgive as radically and lavishly as Jesus forgives us so that we can pray in truth, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

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