“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.” Daniel 9:9.
There is a popular saying out there that talks about how forgiveness is not for the other person, that it is for you. That it is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. That it is like letting that person living rent free in your head.
But I have struggled with this statement ever since I became a believer in Christ. Is it really all just about us?
Jesus Christ is all about forgiveness and love. But He did not do it so that He could feel better. He did it because He loved us, flaws and all, and looked beyond our faults. He forgave us of our sins by dying a gruesome death on a cross.
I know Jesus was and always will be the only person to live a perfect life, but I do not believe that it is
impossible to adopt the same mindset that He had: love the sinner, not the sin. Forgive even when it hurts so bad you cannot see straight, and do it for as unselfish reasons as possible.
There just has to be a healthy balance in forgiving, right? That we can forgive not just to release that pain from us, but that we can also do it with some selflessness. To let people know that we forgive because Jesus Christ now LIVES in our hearts, and because of this we show Grace and mercy onto others.
I am not a perfect forgiver. I often drag my feet when it comes to this, but I know that with Christ on my side it is totally possible to forgive as I know I should.
I want to love like Jesus does.