It’s a hard thing He asks of us
He more than asks us, He commands us
How do you forgive the daddy who chooses the arms of another woman over your mama?
How do you forgive the myriad of daily offenses that occur between husband and wife in a marriage of 35 years?
How do you forgive the bumps and bruises and wounds to the soul that occur in a family?
How do you forgive the hurts, the betrayals, the abandonment that happens in the church
amongst the ones who should be most like Him?
How do you forgive all of the painful ugly that bruises your spirit in this world?
He is so relentless about it
He doesn’t give us a loophole, a way out, an excuse not to
Forgive, or I can’t forgive you
And so, when I daily come with my list of offenses committed against Him, I say
“Jesus, I receive Your forgiveness for my sins, and I receive Your help to forgive those those who sin against me”