C.S. Lewis once said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
God's will is for us to forgive our enemies. He wants us to put away all wrath and malice and bitterness. And it is for our good too. Someone said that resentment is like drinking poison hoping the other person dies. Unforgiveness puts us into a prison of suffering. It is a heavy burden for the soul. Unforgiveness is like blood-sucking leeches of your spiritual life.
But how can I forgive? It's so hard!
The secret is in the gospel- how God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. You see, the gospel is not a message that cries out, "pay God for your sins!" The gospel is the glorious news, "Jesus paid it all!" And just as we have received this stunning love that we are fully forgiven of all our sins, we are now to bend this love and forgiveness outwards towards our enemies. Therefore, we must learn to linger at the cross, and soak in the soothing bath of God's love in order that the leeches of unforgiveness can fall off our souls.
Check out this sermon to find out more, that you may live in the freedom God desires for you!
December 23, 2018