Who has been the most difficult person for you to forgive? Or perhaps if it were to be asked a different way, what has been the hardest thing for you to forgive? These are tough questions we all face, have faced, or will face at times in our lives. If you are anything like me, you will also will also have to face your sense of inadequacy when it comes to forgiving as we are commanded to forgive.
Bitterness is the natural reaction to unrequited suffering. Forgiveness is the natural response to supernatural grace. Forgiveness flourishes when God’s people live out of their core identity as his children. Our natural flesh-filled reactions are transformed to Spirit empowered responses that reflect a new spiritual DNA infused by grace.
In the story of the Passover we see God’s supernatural antidote for forgiveness to flourish. Forgiveness requires death, sacrifice, and suffering. Ironically, the person we tend to view in most need of forgiveness is the person who has offended and hurt us. If we fixate on this it will actually cause us to lose sight of the offender’s humanity and our own sinfulness according to theologian Miroslav Volf. The answer is to return to the Passover and see who we truly are in light of the intermingling of God’s justice and grace.