We talked yesterday at Asbury about forgiveness. Forgiveness really is the one thing that makes relationships possible. It’s the thing that makes faith possible. It’s the thing that makes love possible.
Without forgiveness, there would not be much hope for anything that is good in life. Forgiveness makes it all possible.
We are all going to be hurt at some point. We are all going to be wronged at some point. We are all going to be in a position where we have to choose to forgive or not. And it’s tough. And we can’t do it on our own.
We can’t “will” ourselves to forgive. We can’t just “make” ourselves do it. It’s something that only God can do though us. Listen to the words that Jesus speaks today in Luke 7:47-48:
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus forgives a woman, and He talks about since she is forgiven, she loves. And then He says, he who is forgiven little loves little.
Those of us that have been forgiven much, we should love so much more. We can’t truly forgive, we can’t truly love, we can’t truly do any of these things until we know this one true fact.
We are forgiven. You are forgiven. God loves you, wants to know you, wants to spend time with you. You are forgiven.
You are loved.
Now, love others. Our forgiveness for others flows from our forgiveness from God. Those who are forgiven much will love much.
Today, as those that have been forgiven so very much, may we love so very much.
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