There's giving in forgiveness. You give away a special gift to someone whether it is merited or not. And usually, it's not merited. For who is faultless? No one is. If we're honest, we would all agree that each one of us has failed or wronged at some point. Some of us are guiltier than others... Is guiltier a word? If it is, I will be the first to admit that I am just that! I've wronged people I care about. I've even wronged myself. And worst of all, I've wrong God.
There was a distant time in my life when I hurt so many people. I didn't think I would ever get passed it. I hurt inside and longed for forgiveness. The only thing that got me through was knowing deep inside that God offered me grace and mercy.
Undoubtedly, we all hope for the hope of forgiveness at one point or another. And there is definitely hope found in forgiveness. I know there are many times as a mother, that I'm called to forgive. My daughter often comes to me in distress and confession about something and says, "Please don't get mad at me. I'm sorry". She longs for that forgiveness. We all do.
That is why Christ did what He did. Forgiving us, that we would have hope. And that we would also be willing to give that hope away to others through forgiveness.
I pray that I may not be one to hold back from giving it away.
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate toward one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."