Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
~ MATTHEW 5:7
We Choose to Give Grace
Forgiveness is, at its core, choosing to see your offender with different eyes. When some Moravian missionaries took the message of God to the Eskimos, the missionaries struggled to find a word in the native language for forgiveness. They finally landed on this cumbersome twenty-four-letter choice: issumagijoujung-nainermik. This formidable assembly of letters is literally translated “not being able to think about it anymore.”
To forgive is to move on, not to think about the offense anymore. You don’t excuse him, endorse her, or embrace them. You just route thoughts about them through heaven. You see your enemy as God’s child and revenge as God’s job.
By the way, how can we grace-recipients do anything less? Dare we ask God for grace when we refuse to give it? This is a huge issue in Scripture. Jesus was tough on sinners who refused to forgive other sinners. Remember his story about the servant freshly forgiven a debt of millions who refused to forgive a debt equal to a few dollars? He stirred the wrath of God: “You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt. . . . Shouldn’t you have mercy . . . just as I had mercy on you?” (Matthew 18:32–33 NLT).
In the final sum, we give grace because we’ve been given grace.
~ FACING YOUR GIANTS
O Lord, Thank you for forgiving every sin of everyone who calls you Lord. May we be as merciful to others as you have been to your children. Teach us not only to forgive but also to forget about the offense. Fill our hearts with a willingness to leave the consequences in your hands. As you forgave a debt we could never pay, so we choose to forgive the debts of others, amen.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ COLOSSIANS 3:13 [NIV]
Always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. ~ 1 [THESSALONIANS 5:15]
Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. ~ [2 CORINTHIANS 13:11]