Over the past week I have been pondering the idea of forgiveness. I have noticed that in my life, there is two sides of the forgiveness of God, that are both so equally real, but so different in the beauty of what our forgiveness is. One side of forgiveness paints this incredibly redemptive path for us to go to God with all of our sin, our wrongdoings, our pain, our fears, and He gives us forgiveness without question because of Jesus on the cross. Seeing forgiveness in this light grants us a knowledge of God's grace and His redemption for us.

Yet, the other side of forgiveness is this darker, heavier, tragic story of Jesus' death on the cross. Without Jesus' sacrifice, there is no possible way for us to be forgiven. Our nature is so plagued with sin that we have no way to connect with a perfect God. When I take a look at forgiveness through this scope, it puts a healthy fear of God inside of my heart. A realization that God is so perfect, so powerful, so magnificent, that I don't even deserve to be in a right relationship with Him.

That is why I look at the tragedy of Jesus, His crucifixion and His resurrection, and see the true power of forgiveness. Forgiveness isn't something that is happy-go-lucky. Forgiveness isn't something that should be thrown around like we expect it as followers of Jesus. Forgiveness should be seen in the light that Jesus died a painful death, in order to allow His absolute and perfect Father a way to give us forgiveness. When I look at forgiveness, I want to feel the weight of it. Every time we repent, we should feel the weight of our sin, and the ultimate cost that Jesus paid for us.

Forgiveness is something that shouldn't be taken lightly. Forgiveness shouldn't be something that we speak of without the recognition of the power behind it. Forgiveness shouldn't be something that we take for granted. Forgiveness is a gift, that only Jesus can give us, and with this forgiveness, we may enter into God's presence.

"The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ" - My Utmost For His Highest