As followers of Christ, we are called to follow Him in every way we can, and be an example to others around. One of the basic yet important qualities we are expected to have is the ability to forgive. However, it is also one of the biggest challenges in our lives today.
Whether it’s something as small as being lied to, or as big as being betrayed/cheated on, we have to be able to forgive the actions of that person, no matter who they are. Repeatedly. It has been mentioned in the scripture:
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22.
Of course, this does not literally mean we forgive someone 490 times. By saying that, Jesus basically tells us that we need to forgive a person EACH TIME he does something that hurts us, over and over. It may sound insane, and even impossible; I mean, we find it so hard to forgive somebody even once, and we’re being asked to forgive them “n” number of times?
People in today’s world are so focused in getting even with each other, that forgiveness is not even an alternative in their minds anymore. The natural obsession of the wounded soul is to get even; and thus, forgiveness begins only when the quest to get even ends. In fact, those that are of a forgiving nature are sometimes looked down upon, are called cowardly, or incapable of standing up for themselves and getting even with the other person.
Revenge is seemingly the only solution that makes sense to people nowadays. So your childhood best friend is spreading rumors about you? Sure, spreading an even bigger rumor about her will sort things out. Yes, revenge may be sweet and all, but are you really looking to spend your entire life plotting against someone, just because of that one incident that humiliated you?
There are some who forgive, but never forget. To be honest, that is stupid and nonsensical. Why do we still hold on to something when we say we’re done with that incident and it’s a part of our past? Forgiving someone also means having to let go of whatever ill-feeling you may have against them. It is the only way you can be at peace, the only way you can move on with your life.
Forgiveness, although difficult, ultimately brings peace. To the person that forgives, to the one that is forgiven, and whoever else is involved in the matter. In order to be forgiven by others our wrongdoings, we need to be able to forgive them. We also need to be able to forgive people for God to forgive us eventually. We cannot judge for ourselves whether a person deserves to be forgiven or not, that is God’s job.
This Advent season, let us try to learn how to forgive and let go, thus preparing our hearts for Christ. Forgiving someone is NOT an easy task, but it is definitely worth it.
List of Christmas songs this week:
1. Something about Christmas time- Bryan Adams
2. Let it snow
3. When a child is born
4. Have yourself a merry little Christmas