Forgiveness is nothing less than an act of fidelity towards an act of cruel intent. Forgiveness is about being free, and free people are courageous people and they aren’t controlled by the past. Free people laugh more than others, and they see beauty where others do not. They are not easily offended and aren’t afraid to speak truth.
We aren’t chained to resentment. We are not engrossed in sinful attitudes or actions. We are fighters. We battle sin with spiritual clarity and heavenly wisdom.
John Piper said this:
“Forgiveness is not for the purpose of permitting sin. The aim of the death of Christ for our sins in not that we relax our battle against sin. The payment once made for all our sins in the freedom and power that enables us to fight sin not as legalists, earning our salvation, but as victors who throw ourselves into the battle against sin with confidence and joy, whatever the cost.”
I hope that I’m a true fighter. I hope that the forgiveness I show towards my enemies is honest. I know one thing is for sure, when I humble myself by forgiving others actions or attitudes towards me, and when I reveal my sin to my Father in heaven, the very truest feeling of freedom happens within my soul. It is not fleeting. It is enduring. It is infinite. Freedom is found in the very depths of my being where forgiveness has been experienced.
Are you free?
Are you a freedom fighter?