I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Have you ever stumbled upon this verse of scriptures in the past? How did you feel when it happened? Let me guess! You were probably excited when you first read, heard or received admonition on this particular verse. Perhaps you have also been able to conquer or overcome some of life’s challenges with the help of this scriptural passage. It is truly amazing to note that we have been able to conquer different challenges of life based on our faith in Christ and His grace.
Many Christians have given tremendous testimonies of their victories that we will run out of words when we begin to list the numerous achievements we have made, all thanks to the grace and strength of Christ that has been sufficient. Ofcourse, it is always interesting and faith-charged atmosphere when we sit back and listen to these testimonies. But have you noticed that most of our testimonies do not include how we have conquered un-forgiveness through Christ who strengthens us? That sounds odd right? Well then, let me ask you a question: Is forgiveness excluded from this scriptural text: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me?”.
The next question that may come to mind is why do many of us fail to consider reconciliation or forgiveness as a victory? The answer is not far from the fact that right from time immemorial, humans have always wanted to get even with those they perceive as their enemies. On this ground, some will never ask for the grace to reconcile with an offender or an enemy. Instead of taking the step towards reconciliation, some will resist the grace and the strength of Christ, they will forsake the courage and the will bestowed on us by Christ and refuse to reconcile with an offender.
What is the mind of Christ when we act in this way? Is Christ pleased with us when we respond to His grace only for selfish gains? We say to ourselves “Ha! It is difficult to let go!“ But that is why grace is available – to make us able to accomplish that which is beyond our strength.
The unforgiving must have thought: “It is impossible to forgive such an offence,” “he/she does not deserve mercy for such a heinous act.” Who really deserves mercy, you? Can you look at the mirror and tell yourself that you deserve mercy? We all enjoy God’s mercy because of His love. God wants us to do the same to our offenders because His spirit of love and mercy dwells in us. (See Colossians 3:13)
Beloved in Christ, the strength and the empowerment we received from Christ urges us to offer love, mercy and selfless service to men and women created in the image and after the likeness of God. So, when next you fail to forgive, always remember, you are resisting the spirit of Christ who strengthens us to do all things. Even the seemingly impossible!
He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.
St. Maria Faustina
Lord Jesus, You are the God of love and mercy. Thank You for the love and mercy You shown me on the cross of Calvary. Help me to conquer the spirit of unforgiveness, and the grace to forgive my transgressors. Amen.