Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional
Day 8 - Forgiveness
"Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace." Ephesians 1:7
Forgiveness is a setting aside of one's personal fears, shame, and ego. It means to pardon, to release the anger you're holding over a situation or individual.
Forgiveness is an incredible experience. No matter what acts we commit, God always forgives. He is always present, seeking to soak us up in his love, grace, and forgiveness. It does not matter in what kind of darkness we find ourselves, Christ's light shines over us. How beautiful is His consistency.
"Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say 'surely darkness will hide me, and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." Psalm 139:7-12
Although his forgiveness is unending, we often run from our God. Why? Because of our own shame. And yet, he continues chasing us. He is in every place we try to run, asking us why we're there, and offering forgiveness before we even ask.
We know a lot about forgiveness with Christ as our ultimate example, but our hearts don't truly live in light of it. We receive it hesitantly. We share it so sparingly. We fail to delight in the beauty of forgiveness for ourselves and others.
What's going on inside of you that you haven't forgiven and accepted? What from your past have you failed to take ownership and therefore failed to forgive yourself?
We can't express an accurate gratefulness for something we have yet to experience in full.
There must be recognition of a wrong doing in order to allow for forgiveness. Christ recognizes our sins, and pardons them. Take the time to recognize your own thoughts and actions which have harmed yourself and others. Work in your heart to own your mishaps, so that you can then lean into true forgiveness.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians5:17
Release your old self that you may embrace the new. Truly dance in the forgiveness Christ exemplifies for us by living it out. Take some personal reflection time to write out your part of the rough patches and own the role you played in any failures. Draw a circle and mark a pie slice that represents your own wrong doings. List what you could have done better. Work through the healing process of accepting your own wrongs so that you might be able to live in the true forgiveness Christ has for you.
When you choose to own your part and forgive your own action or lack thereof, you are then capable of relentless forgiveness for all others. When you experience forgiveness, you can then express a deep gratitude for it.
Be greedy in forgiveness in the sense of always pursuing a deeper understanding of it.