Pass the Forgiveness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 321)
Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Isn’t it interesting how we are quick to ascribe positive intent to our own actions, motives, and thoughts but equally as quick to ascribe negative intent to the actions, motives, and thoughts of someone else. We have a tendency to make room for our own faults and failures but very little room to make the same allowance for other people who potentially do some of the same things.
Christ calls us to follow the opposite of our tendencies. Rather than making room for our own faults only, God wants us to be patient with the faults of others. This means we don’t have to respond negatively to every unkind word we receive. We don’t have to retaliate when bad behavior is displayed. When people fall, we don’t need to judge or criticize but instead sincerely lift them up and try to help restore them. After all, this is what Christ did for us.
Jesus, being the perfect, sinless Son of the sovereign and righteous God, could have easily owned his perfection and glory and kicked the rest of the world to the curb. But instead he made room for our faults and mistakes by covering it all in his blood. He forgave us fully and totally, with no strings attached or conditions to this forgiveness because he knew how easy it is for us to give in to our sins and vices.
He had patience with our faults and instead of holding a grudge against the world, He chose to forgive. Jesus warns us against allowing unforgiveness to live in our hearts. Because when we have unforgiveness blocking the entrance of our hearts, it is hard for forgiveness to be allowed in. If someone asked you to pass the bread at the dinner table, you can choose to do so or not do so. Forgiveness too is an act of the will. It is a matter of choice and decision.
Make room for the faults and mistakes of other people. No matter how much we want people to be perfect, they never will be on this side of glory. Seeing God in people causes us to simply let some things go. To pass the grace. To pass the mercy. To pass the forgiveness. Often people don’t feel like being forgiving, but we love to receive forgiveness because it lifts a burden. Even when it is difficult, even when you don’t particularly like eating dinner with a certain family member, you make the choice to pass the bread. Likewise, we can make the choice to pass the forgiveness.
“Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
— C.S. Lewis