Here are some things that make no sense. A cannibalistic serial killer might be in Heaven. A celebrity who’s lived a wild and wicked life may now follow Jesus. Parents who exposed their children to Satanic ritual abuse can receive salvation. A young woman who once had an abortion can call Jesus her friend and experience the full freedom He has for her. An adulterous husband or wife can recommit to a spouse and know total forgiveness and healing in their marriage.
Friends, these people all have names. One of them might be you. One of them is me. I know every last sin that Jesus washed clean in my life. I hold no judgment for anyone in light of that knowledge. I pray that kind of freedom for every one of you.
The level to which the Lord can release the power of forgiveness in your life is the level to which you are willing to grant forgiveness to those who have wronged and wounded you. Read that last sentence again, carefully. I’ll wait.
Ours is a God who calls us to do the opposite of what seems “normal”.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:43–48, NIV))
Now is the time. Get alone with God and give Him your wound inventory. Jesus understands wounds.