Forgiveness frees people. It frees you, and it’s how you free others.
Think about that hurt you inflicted on that person – 10 minutes ago, or 20 years ago. You know the one. The one that makes your stomach turn, that throws a dark cloud over any day, any moment, when you think on it. Now can you imagine if that injured party decided deep in their soul to forgive you completely? No big meet-up, no big moment, no painful eye contact. Just a message across time and space that said to your soul, ‘You are completely forgiven!’ Forgiveness ‘frees’ people.
Listen to me: there is a King of kings, who owns all people, all of time, all ‘justice’. This King has the authority and the power to forgive you completely today, even if that long, lost victim can never be found, or faced, or will not forgive you. This is more stunning than any sci-fi story, higher than any high and deeper than any depth. This forgiveness can make you new, set you free, and open the heavens to you again.
‘You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ (Matthew 1:21)