Your best friend
The guy in the office across the hall who tells the inappropriate jokes
The jerk at the so-called customer service desk
Your government officials
Your church family
Your sworn enemy
Which ones would be the easiest to forgive?
I would guess that without exception your answer will be those who are easiest to forgive are the ones you love the most. Because of your love for them, the broken relationship is too steep of a price to pay.
My kids had a light bulb moment in Sunday school when they connected the idea that the more you love someone, the easier it is to forgive them. That’s the secret.
Now consider what God does. He deals with His enemies. That’s us. We usually like to think of ourselves as rating somewhere between “kids” and “best friends.” In Christ, it’s even better than that, but I’m talking before salvation. Before salvation, we’re enemies.
But Ephesians 2:4 talks about His mercy and His vast incomprehensible love for us. It’s that love that impelled Him to find a way to satisfy His justice without condemning us for all eternity.
The broken relationship was too great a price. The death of His son was not.
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
The Love of God – Frederick M. Lehman, 1917