He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. — Ephesians 1:7 (NLT)
We’ve all messed up one way or another, some more than most. (Imagine my hand going up right now. In fact, both hands. I have to admit that I have messed up more than most!) And we might feel that what we have done is, in fact, unforgivable. And to some, it probably is unforgivable.
But not to our heavenly Father, our God in heaven, who forgives everything by sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us.
So also Christ was offered once and for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.
Excerpt Hebrews 9:28 (NLT)
Jesus came to forgive the unforgivable. He is our Teflon coating or our Ultra-Ever Dry coating. Just watch the video – don’t you want a shirt like that?
They say, “mud sticks.” But not when we are coated in Ultra-Ever Dry! They say that some things are unforgivable, but not by Jesus, and God in heaven. We might find it difficult to forgive, but God always forgives. That’s why He sent His Son, that’s why He was sent as that Ultra-Every Dry coating that we put on every day.
Does that mean that we go on doing wrong? Does that mean that we go on messing up every day? Well, think about it. Would you like someone to throw that bucket of muddy water at you every day, despite wearing an Ultra-Ever Dry shirt? No, of course not!
When we are forgiven, we have a responsibility to act responsibly. Yes, we will be forgiven when we mess up again; but we shouldn’t go on doing things that let people throw mud at us! Life would be pretty uncomfortable if we did.
Maybe, someone has done something to you, has hurt you in some way, that you find unforgivable. If you are a Christian, then it can be a real challenge, because Jesus said:
But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Ouch! We’ve messed up and we need forgiveness, but to be forgiven we need to forgive those who have wronged us? Yes. Of course, it’s not as easy as that always. Hurts, well, they hurt. And some wrongs cause deep hurts and deep scars, often scars that cannot be seen visibly. And it’s hard to forgive when that happens. It takes time, and it takes determination, and it sometimes it takes the help and support of a close friend or even skilled counsel.
Jesus forgave the unforgivable, and we are called to be like Jesus, to follow Him, to do as He would do. It’s not an easy walk. Sometimes it’s a trudge or an uphill battle. But we must be prepared for the battle, and we must continue to walk with Jesus as closely as we possibly can each and every day. We must take up our cross and follow Him.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that you forgive the unforgivable. Help me with any unforgiveness in my heart. Take my pain, help me carry my cross, and help me on the path of forgiveness. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling with unforgiveness right now, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone – Jesus wants to take hold of your burden, He wants to shoulder your burden, and He wants to give you His yoke, which is light and easy to bear. May God Bless You.
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