There are no tools in the believer’s belt of truth more powerful than forgiveness. The power of forgiveness is seen when we receive life from Jesus at salvation. However, we feel and experience its real power when we learn to forgive others.
The power of forgiveness
As humans, we are incapable of paying off any debts of ‘self’. Jesus is the only one who can, and did, pay the price to wipe clean our deficit. We may realize our own indebtedness and ask Him to forgive us, but what about the debts we hold against others? The forgiveness of our arrears is linked inexorably to our forgiveness of theirs. Our Father was plainly offering us a practical lesson in forgiveness.
By forgiving others, we release the claim we hold against them. We can return to fellowship with Jesus. This dynamic is vitally important if we are to survive the wilderness. If we cling to any unforgiveness, there is a major blockage in our relationship with God. We cannot receive His healing touch. Satan will come and increase our pain and trapping us in misery. Forgiveness wipes away the trespass. Released from our due, we can then release others.
The power of the cross
When Jesus came to earth He took on Himself the ultimate betrayal, to be crucified by his own people, so we would have a place to take our pain. His willingness to take betrayal head on and still forgive is more powerful than any offense. His example is to be a model for all believers; forgive and the debt is paid.
We just how deep God’s love is in the death of Jesus. This is the message we wish more people understood. No matter how deep any pain goes, God’s depth of love goes deeper still. The cross of Jesus is the only place where we can take our pain. His forgiveness for our crime is the only way to be free. However, we must internalize this truth and, in turn, forgive those who give us pain. We find the power of forgivenes as we forgive and are forgiven.
Homer and Wanda