Today my girls and I read the second chapter of Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado.
I was deeply humbled. He talked about three ways to cope with being stuck with people.(any relationship really) Flee. Fight. Forgive.
He talked about how Jesus knew all off his disciples faults. Past. Present and Future. Yet he didn’t trade them in or constantly harp on their faults. In fact days before he died on the cross, he did a task for them that was typically saved for the lowest of the servants. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The creator of the universe, the one who we will all someday kneel before washed the feet of his disciples. Not just the feet of those who were closet to him. He washed them all, including the one who would betray him so soon after. Max says, “He offered mercy before they even sought it.”
How can we forgive wounds that go deep? Sometimes so deep we can’t even put it into words. It may be all we can do to keep from lashing out at the person. How could we forgive? We must put our focus on Jesus. When we see him and we see what he has washed away in own lives, every wrong deed, every wicked thought, every selfish desire, we know that we can forgive others. You see, Jesus was the person who was wronged. He was in the right. The one who was innocent made the first gesture.
Are there relationships in your’s and my life that need some forgiveness? Are we holding back from these people because we haven’t fully forgiven them. Maybe we have only washed one foot but that second foot still needs to be cleaned? I pray that we will humble ourselves. Look to Jesus and forgive.