by Jason White
In the last year, I have grown a great deal in my path of forgiveness through Christ. Through growth and development of other parts of my life and spiritual journey, I have been able to look back on a lot of areas where forgiveness was needed. That’s not to say that I’ve reached where I need to. I don’t believe it is possible to reach that point where you are complete in Christ and in forgiveness. I believe there is always room for more growth and development.
Before Christ died, he displayed forgiveness twice. Once when he asked God to forgive those who put him to death (Luke 23:34) and again when one of the men being crucified next to him asked to be remembered (Luke 23:43). Here was Christ, hanging in the most vulnerable of ways, clinging to his life, dehydrated and in excruciating pain and he was forgiving others. In many ways in life I have been wronged and I have wronged others. However, nobody has crucified me, nor have I crucified others. I have never faced sin against me that egregious. I find it hard to fathom that any sin against me can be so great, that I can’t forgive it. It is not an easy thing to do, but it is necessary to walk in faith with Christ. It is not only necessary to be a faithful follower, but it is necessary to keep my own peace. To continue to grow this way, I must be patient. I must be kind. I must wish peace and grace to all who I encounter. It is not only a recommendation, but it is necessary as Paul tells us in Ephesians 4: 31-32: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”