Forgiveness: A Divine Reality
Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins. Acts 13:38
Proclamation of the Good News of God's forgiveness is what my Christian testimony is all about. That includes forgiveness within my marriage. There is great testimony of God's power when I forgive Teresa as He has forgiven me.
Nothing about myself wants to forgive. It is only through the work of the Holy Spirit that I am able to forgive. Forgiveness is a divine reality that I must first receive from my Creator. Only then can the Spirit prompt me to share that forgiveness with others.
I remember when God humbled me with this truth through the words from Isaiah 53:4-6. Christ took on my sickness of selfishness and pride and carried my pain to the cross. Jesus was pierced for my harsh words and snippy attitudes with my wife. He was crushed for my "white lies" and subtle dishonesty. The Savior took on the punishment for my years of neglecting my wife and forgetting my kids.
Isaiah had good news for me as well. By Christ's wounds I am healed, and because of His death I can have peace. That day the Lord impressed me with these words: "David, before you were even born I knew all of the ways that you would sin against Me. And yet I chose to die just for you. I chose forgiveness even before you asked."
Because of Christ's forgiveness, Teresa and I can proclaim that it is possible to live in harmony with one another. We are grateful to be able to proclaim God's work in our marriage, to be able to demonstrate to those around us that we don't go to sleep with unforgiveness or bitterness in our hearts. This testimony has only been possible through the divine provision of His forgiveness.
In what ways can you openly proclaim forgiveness for your spouse today?
Father, thank You for your gift of unconditional forgiveness.