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Justice, always will be served

forgiveness on Articles - Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate. We feel that it is a justifiable, tremendous act of grace as it relates to what God does with our confessed sins.

When God forgives our sins, analytically it’s much akin to God pressing the delete button on his heavenly computer. And when he forgives us, he doesn’t send our sins to a temporary recycle bin just in case he needs to remind us of them. Instead, they are permanently and totally removed from the hard drive! That’s what we love about the word forgiveness.

But there is another facet of forgiveness that we have to struggle with, and we experience great difficulty in complying with: When God asks us to forgive those who trespass against us. The reason we struggle so much with forgiving others is because it runs contrary to our human nature. When someone offends us there is a natural tendency to resent it — and more times than a few, we allow our sinful nature to overwhelm us and we retaliate.

Forgiveness is contrary to the sinful nature, therefore we find it much easier to bear a grudge than implement the law of grace and pardon to someone. It’s much easier to “develop an attitude and make people sweat” than to release the offense and implement mercy. Jesus admonishes us in Matthew 5:30 (NIV): “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

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