The Basis for Our Forgiving

ImageLuke 4:17-21 – “And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

“And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Those who have hurt us in the past were bound by a cruel master. Those in the most desperate spiritual, emotional and mental conditions are capable of doing the most inhuman deeds. However, we must remember that they are not the enemy. Our enemy does not bear flesh and blood.

Those who have offended, hurt, abused, mistreated or disregarded us are bound, blind, and oppressed. They are deceived and to be pitied, not hated. We are to seek their freedom from the enemy, not their eternal unity with him.

I am certain that some of the offenses and abuse that has come our way was allowed by a sovereign, holy God who wanted to present an opportunity for us to model the love, forgiveness and redemption of Jesus Christ. If the abuser cannot receive this redemption, there are plenty of other observers of our life who can see the glorious difference Christ makes in one who has suffered.


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