Colossians 3:12-13 Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also do.
“To forgive is divine. It is written on every heart of man. No man does not know it. All have seen, all have heard. Forgiveness is our very name. It is who we are. Forgiveness is identity, and it is also an act. It is the greatest act of kindness. It is mercy and grace combined. Forgiveness does not go unnoticed. To the one whom it is shown, it is constant on their minds, for it is a heavenly taste. It is water to the desert. It is heaven in their heart spilling water to the dry wastelands of their minds.
“But why forgive when they’ve wronged? Why forgive when they rejected? Why not pay back the same measure done to me? Then there would be no peace. There would be endless strife and war. But is that all? What if forgiveness is the cause of an open heart? What if people really do want to forgive? Could it be the moment one stops thinking about themselves? Surely, the person didn’t mean it. And even if they did, have they ever been shown true love? Do they know who they are? Scripture says we must forgive others because Christ forgave us. So the emphasis is understanding and knowing, not so much of the act of forgiveness, but the Man Himself. It is to know Him and know why He was sent for us. Christ loved the world that He gave Himself. He laid down His life. To forgive is to simply lay down one’s life, and the result is an immediate, and restful, act of giving.
“But still, why would He forgive us when we disobeyed Him, offered ourselves to other idols, displayed ourselves as prostitutes, cheated Him, lied to Him, and even beat Him to the ground, spitting on His face? Why would He forgive us when we would go out of our way to nail Him on a tree for public display of shame, our very own Husband, Maker, and Beloved?
“He forgave because He saw light. No matter how dark the Church was on the out, He held on to the inner beauty – the heart. He saw the light in Her, and He wanted to show Her who She really was. He isn’t selfish, and does not get offended. He’s not about Himself. He is all about Her. The darkness was and is never part of Her. It was the darkness that corrupted Her. This resulted in identity crisis. He forgave because He showed Her that He was never against Her, but always with and for Her. It isn’t in His nature to wrong, to punish, to destroy – Her. His anger is passionate for you, but not against you.
“And we love now because He showed us love first. He showed us that that is who we really are. We are Christ in us. We are His very name.”