Forgiveness is a tricky thing. Nobody can “just forgive,” not even God. First, it is impossible to “just forgive,”to just let the wrong go.
“Let it go” sounds nice, but forgiveness is not a simple thing and never easy. Every wrong has a cost. Someone always pays. The cost of the wrong is paid in sleepless nights, damaged relationships, regret, lost trust …well, you get the idea…and that is just the beginning of the incredible cost. Besides, what if we really care about the person who violated what is right? Is it in the best interest of the person for us to magically “let it go”? Would it be loving or just for society to overlook evil? How much more so with God?
God’s justice is wrapped up in His essence. If there is a God, there is a real justice.
If God lets injustice go, then there is no right or wrong.
If there is no absolute right or wrong, we have a paper doll god. Please, don’t give me a paper doll god cut out in one dimension, a god of my own making.
Forgiveness gets really messy and complicated. Perhaps, that’s why we love fairy tales that serve us poetic justice and a “happily ever” after ending. So, bottom line…how does a real God deal with real wrong?
The one real God absorbed the wrong. All wrong has a cost, and God Himself chose to pay that price. Together, God in the Father and God in the Son suffered for our great violations. There is a glorious complexity to the cross! A God who just forgives is not a holy God. A God who won’t forgive is not a loving God. A God who cannot forgive is not wise, for He does not know how to satisfy love and justice. In the cross, love, justice, and holiness are fully satisfied…”even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom.”
On the cross, wrath and mercy were satisfied. And on the cross, love wins.
This personal ransom is paid for me and for anyone who desperately needs real forgiveness and is willing to trust Him for everything. Oh, how we need Him for everything!
The Son of Man takes the wrongdoer’s destruction and sets the heart free to love and forgive others. Only a real God can satisfy so completely the high cost of righting wro