I think we human beings have a hard time with forgiveness. Not so much with extending it to others. More like in the acceptance of having it extended to us. It feels all squishy and prickly and mooshy and touchy-feely all at once. It makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Having someone forgive us—especially when we didn’t even ask for it—just feels . . . wrong. We get suspicious and skeptical; like there’s got to be some ulterior motive involved. Certainly it can’t be that easy; that cut-and-dried. What is it now that I have to do for them?
And don’t even get me started on grace. Granting someone a special favor, an act of kindness, or an exemption to their behavior, vices or sins seems unheard of in this day and age, especially if the person hasn’t done the courtesy of “gracing” us first. I mean, c’mon! Have you seen those people?? There’s some real . . . sinners out there!
How much harder therefore is it to even imagine having forgiveness and grace extended to us by an Omniscient, Omnipotent Heavenly Father? I mean, all you have to do is ask??? It can’t be that easy. Certainly there is something we can–nay must–do to gain the favor of God? I mean, he’s GOD!
How many times have we read Biblical passages like Matthew 7:7-8 (“Ask and it will be given…”), Mark 12:28-29 (The Greatest Commandment), or Acts 16:30-34 (“What must I do to be saved?”) Yet it’s never sunk into us that Jesus boiled faith and the saving grace of our Lord to its barest essence; and that people (many God-fearing, well intentioned individuals, with a few arrogant, self-centered profiteers thrown in to boot) have seemingly gone out of their way to make it much more difficult than it needs to be? Continue reading People Have a Way of Making Things Difficult (…have you ever noticed that?)