As a pastor, I encounter people on a regular basis who have forgiveness issues. Some of those issues involve forgiving people who have wronged them, then there are those who need to be forgiven by others. Then a third group, are those who are dealing with forgiving themselves.
Jesus purchased our forgiveness on the Cross with His own Life and Blood. That forgiveness is powerful enough to cleanse the most serious wrong. We simply need to begin there. Many begin dealing with forgiveness by examining their own heart, or the heart of another person. Forgiveness, however, must begin with a close examination of the Cross.
The forgiveness purchased at the Cross is so amazing, that Jesus was able to offer it freely without waiting for apology, remorse, or repentance. Certainly all of these elements are necessary for us to experience forgiveness, but the amazing thing about the Cross is that none of these things was present when the forgiveness of the Cross was extended! Jesus didn’t stand at the foot of the Cross, drumming His Fingers on it, saying, “When they say they’re sorry, THEN I’ll die for them…not before!”