Well, it may seem weird, but bear with me. I was flipping channels and came across the movie Tombstone. It’s several years old, about, surprise, surprise, Wyatt Earp and his time in Tombstone, AZ. It was a dramatized, historical telling of the events. We all know that Hollywood takes some liberties with the facts, but the big points about things were pretty accurate. But, one of the scenes I can’t say is, or is not, based on fact or just Hollywood’s way of telling about a relationship that Wyatt Earp had with a woman. But, in one scene there has been some gunfights with an outlaw gang and the woman he was in love with was on a stage coach that was robbed and a friend of hers was killed, shortly after that the stage coach stopped to water the horses at a ranch where Wyatt and his friends were staying. He saw her and went out to talk and he said, “I’m sorry about your friend. I…..” as he started to try to come up with an excuse or reason but she interrupted him and said, “I forgave you as soon as you said it.” Now, that got me to thinking how God forgives us instantly, just like that, as soon as we say we are sinners and ask for His forgiveness, He gives it to us. We don’t need to explain or rationalize; we are just forgiven. In addition to that, we are given salvation, redeemed of all our sins, and granted life eternal through the sacrifice Christ made on the cross.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
As a human, it is sometimes not easy to forgive that quickly, the human in us likes to hang on to the slights and hurts for a while before we forgive. The human in us wants to hold a grudge, at least for a while, to somehow make others pay for the wrongs they did us when they apologize. That is not what Jesus would do, or wants us to do. He wants us to be like Him and forgive, instantly and unconditionally. I wish I could say I have always been exactly how He wanted to me in that regard (and in other ways as well) but I am human and because of that, I have in the past, held onto the hurt caused by whatever action and not forgiven immediately, fully and unconditionally. I am much better than I was in that regard because I have learned that the feelings that keep me from forgiving unconditionally hurt me more than anyone. Those feelings interfere with my walk with Christ. So, I do better than I once did.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
All that being said, I hope anyone out there that may have done me wrong, before you say it, or if you never say it, I forgive you. I pray that any that feel that I did them wrong, forgive me as well.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
Lord, I thank You for the forgiveness You give so quickly, even though I don’t deserve it. I thank Christ for His sacrifice that made it all possible. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me better learn how to forgive as You forgive, immediately and completely. I thank You for helping me be better at it and helping me understand the benefit it gives me to forgive as You instruct us. I also ask that You help others understand forgiveness as well and that You help them forgive as You do. I pray that You draw loved ones to You and help us all learn to serve You better and to be more like You.
Thank you all for your time. I hope all are blessed somehow today and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else too.