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he-without-sin-017-640x494“He that is without sin among you let him cast the first stone” (John 8:7).


Forgiveness is easy to talk about and hard to do. Yet, Jesus said very clearly, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:14-15). We do not like these verses when they apply to us; on the other hand, we are ready to quote them to someone else who is having difficulty with forgiveness.


Why is forgiveness so hard for us? Because we want to have our own definition of justice. What we consider fair or right in a situation is why we struggle with a given situation. We must rely on God for any type of justice that is going to be handed out. He is the only righteous judge.


Therefore, we must learn to trust God and not take judgment into our own hands. God tells us that “vengeance is mine; I will repay” (Heb. 10:30). If we are going to truly learn to forgive and be able to relate to people who are going to commit sins against us, we must learn to let God’s forgiveness flow through us to others. Others are in need of God’s forgiveness as well. We see Jesus demonstrate this with the woman caught in adultery. Which do you think has a better outcome for her eternal soul? Judgment or forgiveness with a command to change. Jesus didn’t come to give us a stone to throw; instead, he gave us a cross to bear in order to offer the same type of forgiveness that God has demonstrated toward us.

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