Anger, frustration, feeling used, being abused, broken hearted, struggling, hatred – all words to describe what many are feeling these days. For several years our nation has been divided politically to the point of breaking up families and friends. More and more are taking their friends and neighbors to court because of petty differences. Success seems to be measured by how much money you can accumulate or how much stuff you have. When you don’t meet that standard, you feel like a failure. People are at odds about issues concerning life, death, choice, adoption, euthanasia and other things that were once left in God’s hands.
It’s no wonder that more and more are looking for escape from the trials of daily living. They choose to run away by drowning their sorrows in drugs and alcohol. They become dependent on things that interfere with logical thinking in order to blot out all the suffering.
Others get angry and lash out at those who do not agree with them or won’t bend to their way of thinking, while more just get angry. The workplace is filled with people who are unhappy with their jobs. Even those in customer service have lost the ability to be friendly.
Our country has been deadlocked for the past three and a half years by bi-partisan politics. People are walking around looking depressed and unhappy. Children are suffering from emotional problems. The elderly feel they’re useless and long to die.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just forgive others? We pray for that very thing in The Lord’s Prayer, when we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We ask God for our own forgiveness, yet we don’t know how to forgive each other.
But it seems so hard to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply, doesn’t it? We cry great tears of sorrow when we’re wounded. Think of the One who took the pain of the scourge – the endless beating and humiliation – the torment of being nailed to a cross and scorned. He was the unblemished sin bearer who took on all our sins so we could be presentable to God – so we wouldn’t have to die – so we could spend eternity with Him.
He gave His life so we could live forever. The least we can do is try to live, work and love each other for the span of time we have on this earth. All of our problems will not vanish if we forgive, but a door will be opened for us. It has to start somewhere. Why not with us – today?