Forgiveness is such a part of adoption. When we are adopted, we are forgiven – reconciled to the Father through the death of the Son. I think about forgiveness a lot in the context of the adoption of our children as well. They are not being individually forgiven (since they have done nothing to forgive), but they are being reconciled – brought into – our family from a place of separation. A hurt has been done – it is the fallen-ness of the world that makes them orphans – a result of the existence of evil and sin. Then there are real things that will need to be forgiven – Will my children forgive me for not being there when they were born, for not coming sooner, for ripping them away from their homeland and culture? Will they forgive their birth family for the loss of their family of origin?
Forgiveness is so hard…it’s truly impossible. This morning, the Spirit led me to the phrase “the Forgiveness of Sins.” Jesus is not only the Forgiver, but he is the Forgiveness. Forgiveness is not of the the world. It’s supernatural – Christ on the Cross reconciling us with the Father, His Blood washing away our filthy stains.
How do we translate that into our daily practice of forgiving others? How do we live Jesus’ words in Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” It can only be done through the Cross – through Jesus, The Forgiveness. There’s no method, no set of steps. The Forgiveness has happened; the debt paid. Christ offers forgiveness, as His hands and feet, we are commanded to do the same. When we deny the Forgiveness to others, we deny Christ himself.