Much has been said about the cost of following Jesus, even by Jesus Himself. But what isn’t heard as much (unless you’re listening to Dallas Willard) is the cost of not following Him. Jesus instructs us to forgive all offenses against us. He modeled this continually on the planet even to his last few minutes when He spoke, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” Forgiveness takes supernatural power that we don’t have. We think our offense is “special” and less forgivable that the offenses Jesus was referring to. Uh-huh.
Yes, it’s costly to forgive, but it’s just so much more costly not to. I (Jill) know firsthand, as you probably do, too. So forgive extravagantly, even naively if necessary. Proverbs says, “It is the glory of the wise to overlook an offense.” Whatever it takes. With God’s help…
Forgive me for not forgiving those who have wounded, offended, betrayed, and abused me. Set me free from the grip of bitterness, distancing, and revenge wounding. Oh God, how I cannot do this without you. But with your help I can do all things.
You are a forgiving Father. Your Son, Jesus, made that clear with every step of his sandal on earth. And He is the perfect representation of Your heart. Make me like You. Make me love you.