There are a lot of lies about forgiveness that people, even Christians, spread.
When He was being nailed to the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Later, St. Paul would write to the Christians, “Forgive, just as God in Christ forgave you.”
Forgiveness starts with God. It is a free gift of grace. Jesus bore our sin. He was nailed to the cross to provide for our forgiveness. He felt our sin in all its magnitude, horror, and depth of evil so that He could forgive – really forgive – us. He suffered all the hurt and evil of our sin, and so forgave us.
That is why we forgive: because God has forgiven us so much more. Continue reading “Christian Forgiveness: As God in Christ Forgave You”