I never knew the importance and freedom of forgiveness until I came to a point in my life where I desperately needed it. You see, up until that moment, forgiveness from God was more of a story instead of a reality. But after that moment, God’s forgiveness became the greatest resuscitation that my suffocating soul needed, both then and now.
Many of you who follow my story know exactly the scene I am referencing in this writing. It took place on January 7th, 2010, when Mr. Hort Kap’s son, Noun Ung, extended a hug of mercy when I was so undeserving. There I stood, in the place of judgement, having done my absolute worst, and yet Noun gave me his best. You can watch the amazing scene by clicking here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv7JkwReqMk
This incredible gift became an appropriate picture of the Gospel, how “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
And that is why I am convinced that man’s greatest need is God’s greatest deed. And that need is the forgiveness of sins and that deed is the sacrifice of the Son! You see, those who have been forgiven should be first and foremost to forgive. And I know this may not be easy, depending on the hurt, but it is our spiritual responsibility that keeps bitterness from taking root in our heart.
C.S. Lewis once said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable inyou." In other words, we forgive and extend mercy because we have been forgiven undeservedly by God’s mercy. Jesus said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew6:14-15).
Thus, we are forgiven to not only live, but we are forgiven so we can forgive. Again, since God’s greatest deed has met man’s greatest need, let us be about our Father’s business by living in and pointing to the freedom of forgiveness.