Forgiveness & the Work of the Cross

‘The work of the cross’ is a familiar Christian term, but what does it actually mean? It means the ultimate example of Christ’s sacrifice, paying the debt we could not pay, and the work that carries on through us. This work is so vital that Jesus’ last conversation on the cross was about the forgiveness of the cross. Luke 23:34. Really listen to Him, for Jesus was not a naive guru dishing out nice stories and folk wisdom. He knew all about human nature. He was the complete and whole person, both fully God and a brilliant man, who held ‘treasures of wisdom and deep knowledge’. Colossians 2:3. On the cross His love rose above His suffering. He even turns to God to pray for the persecutors. On

Why Forgiveness Matters

Why forgive? Because it is good for us and we matter to God! The burden of carrying around resentments and unforgiveness is like a cancer, which will crush our body, our soul and our spirit. It is we who will suffer; indeed, the instigator of our pain may not even know they have so hurt us and may be carrying on with their own lives, whilst we are stifled in ours. As we hold onto the hurt, we can relegate ourselves to living in the past and not enjoying today. In life we cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we respond and how we let it affect our life. We may have been terribly wounded by other people’s actions; even hurtful words from childhood can produce guilt and shame

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