One of the keys to my personal contentment and peace is learning to forgive and to receive forgiveness. During my childhood I experienced prejudice, loneliness, abuse, neglect and often felt excluded. I can honestly say that through time and self-reflection with God, I learned to forgive.
It’s such a shame that we rarely talk about forgiveness as it is really the corner stone to an enjoyable and loving life. There are so many mistakes I have made but having faith in God’s mercy upon me is such a beautify gift. That Jesus died for our sins is so incomprehensible yet so magnificent.
Not only is there a sense of redemption but there is a freedom in conveying forgiveness. It’s a unique way of loving that is not always tied to emotion but embraces the act of mercy and acceptance. Forgiveness allows you not to be defined by your sins and the transgressions against you, but to be defined by grace of God .
Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.
All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. Romans 5:19-21 (MSG)