Tread Heavy in Forgiveness


“The LIFE that God offers is one that travels heavily through the land of forgiveness.”

The above statement is one that presses on us a Truth that is found in many Bible passages and illustrated in the life of many people in the pages of Scripture.

As Christians (and I suppose also Jewish folks), we understand that the type of life that God offers that can only be found in Him.  He is the source of it.  He defines it.  He sustains it in us.  Forgiveness is a key currency in the life that God Almighty offers us.


We mess up often.  People mess us over often.

A great example of this is found in the Book of Genesis (which is why I mentioned Jewish folks earlier) that perfectly illustrates the constant need of forgiveness in the kind of life God offers us.  True life  can only be found by accepting God in faith and following after Him wholeheartedly.  That means dispensing forgiveness to others often because it has been dispensed to us first.  Life in God is forgiven life.

In Genesis 50, Joseph’s father dies and his brothers are petrified that he will take revenge on them for their earlier actions upon him.  Genesis 50:19-21 reports for us Joseph’s reaction to his brothers’ worry: “But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?  20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them” (NIV 1984).

Joseph is completely in God’s Will as he dispenses undeserved forgiveness to his brothers.  We might call it “grace.”  As I said before, the life that God offers is one that travels heavily through the land of forgiveness.  It did for Joseph in Genesis 50.  Joseph was freeing his brothers from the guilt they felt and from the penalty that was due them for what they had done against him.

Jesus is another great example of this.  He forgave the woman caught in adultery (John 8).  Grace.  He forgave Simon Peter for denying Him three times (John 21).  Grace.  Jesus Christ would even ask for God to forgive the very people who were nailing Him to the cross (Luke 23:34).  Grace.  Jesus dispensed forgiveness and offered life to those who would accept Him.


As we trudge through this life and mess up and are messed over by others, we who believe in Jesus Christ are called to live like Him.  May we tread heavy in forgiveness just like our Lord.


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