The Gospel is profound, yet amazingly simple. It demonstrates the Father’s willingness to sacrifice His Son as the price for our salvation – a decision that was incredibly costly, yet freely offered to all.
The beauty of the Father’s plan is that He not only rescues us from a path of waywardness and destruction, but He also forgives and lovingly restores us into a meaningful relationship with Him. Consider the words of Isaiah: “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more,” (Isaiah 43:25, NIV – emphasis mine).
Since you and I have so much to gain from the Father’s forgiveness, it amazes me to think that He forgives us for His own benefit. Yet, He clearly delights in calling us His children, and never ceases to lavish His love on us (I John 3:1).
It couldn’t have been easy for the Father to send His Son to bear the weight of our sin, and still today, offering grace isn’t always a simple choice. Yet, His example reminds us that forgiveness is not just best for the one who is forgiven. It is best for the one who forgives.
Before signing off, I leave you with this question: when it comes to forgiveness, is it more blessed to give than to receive? I’ll let you decide. All I know for sure is that both the giver and the receiver are immensely blessed by this incredible gift.
Up Ahead on “The Path”
Next week, I will close out the year with some reflections about The Path we have traveled over the past several months. As always, thanks for reading and sharing The Path of a Peacemaker blog!
On behalf of Peacemaker Ministries, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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