The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 9 – Reconciling Ourselves to God
We’ve been discussing the subject of forgiveness for the past eight days, and will continue for the next week and a half. Maybe we are able to see how we might need to forgive others who’ve hurt or disappointed us, but what do we do when we feel like the things that hurt us most were allowed by God? Is it His fault? Do we become angry with Him when life takes a sharp turn that staggers us? If we are completely honest, we’ll admit that we’ve had angry feelings towards God for some of the things we’ve been called to experience. I’ll be the first to admit it!
One lie we’ve bought into as believers is that our lives should not be difficult. If we accept Jesus, the all-powerful Creator of the universe, isn’t He able to give us a life of blessing without great suffering? Well, the truth is that He’s able, but blessing often looks far different than we feel it should. And suffering? It’s often a part of the life of a Christian as we identify with our suffering Savior. His was a life of great blessing (to us and to the Father), but one marked by the deepest suffering known to man.
As Christ followers, we will walk through deep valleys, but we have the comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us through. When we get bad news or have our hearts crushed, we cannot blame God. Our world is marked by sin and suffering, and as inhabitants here, hardships are sure to come. God has given us all a free will, yet as we exercise our free will, we all may greatly wound each other.
While it’s truly devastating to lose a loved one to illness or an accident, we have to trust that God is still in control and will use bad things for good. That “good” may not be seen for a long time—maybe not ever while we’re here—but we can trust He is working out His best plan. We’re not capable of knowing or understanding the ways of our God.
If you’ve been angry with God for the situation that has your heart in turmoil today, it’s time to make things right. It’s time to ask why you’re blaming Him, and instead of Him owing you an apology, it’s quite the opposite. God is our loving Father, and when we hurt, He hurts with us. He doesn’t rejoice in our suffering or sorrow, but He does understand our feelings. He cares. He loves us. He feels compassion toward those who are hurting.
Maybe today you’ll ask Him to forgive you for bitter or angry feelings. Maybe today you will pour out your heart and tell Him you’ve been so wrong. The comforting truth is this: He will move in with so much love and grace, and offer you the forgiveness you need to be free—free from those misguided feelings toward Him, and free to know joy again.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, ESV)