Forgiveness is a big deal to God.
After all, his willingness to forgive us makes it possible for us to have a relationship with him.
In that context, I’m so grateful he doesn’t keep score.
That he doesn’t have a quota for our “forgivable” sins.
Instead, he shows us blank-check forgiveness.
A willingness to perpetually extend his hand of grace, mercy, and love.
The rub is, he wants us to show the same kind of forgiveness to others.
To put away our scorecards and show similar grace.
That kind of forgiveness might sound like a tall task.
Especially if someone has repeatedly hurt you or let you down.
In that context, I think forgiveness vs trust are sometimes two different animals.
Because God doesn’t want us to continue to expose ourselves to people who aren’t good for us.
But, he does want us to forgive them—and he’ll help us if we ask.
Because he knows that doing so is good for us—since resentment is a poison.
And it’s good for our relationship with him—since it reminds us that we don’t deserve the forgiveness we’ve been given.
Matthew 6:9-14 (NIV)
Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
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