Dear Reader Friends, In the COIL Series, dark characters are sometimes offered the hand of redemption. Men who have destroyed lives are shown mercy. Women who have lived sinfully are offered forgiveness. Do you approve of God’s plan of peace toward sinners through the justice of Christ’s cross? Here’s my author reflection to consider today.
Forgiveness Extended or Withdrawn?
Occasionally, I include scenes in books where self-righteous men or women argue against a “bad guy” being offered mercy, even when that person is repentant. Sometimes, we would prefer the bad guy to remain bad and to suffer, rather than be forgiven and him turn toward good. What we see in these self-righteous characters is that they forget their own depraved souls are rotten as well, and they require the same pardon they wish to withhold from others.
A Life Changed is a Miracle
God’s forgiveness was never to pardon people who were intent on continuing in sin. God says His love is extended to all the lost (everyone born of Adam), but only toward those who trust in Him, will that pardon be applied. Trusting in God means to rely on Him, to take His side against sin and darkness. This means to believe that God can and does deal with sin, even when we cannot. A life that reflects this abiding with God shows the genuineness of their faith. A life changed by God’s love is a miracle.
We’ve all been wronged by someone in the past, and we may even know the crippling effects of unforgiveness. When we harbor sin, it leads to more and more rot. This is often pictured in COIL Series characters. In fact, this subject is broached in my new book, Dark Zeal, Book Five in the COIL Series.
None of us can cleanse ourselves, but we can go to the God who can cleanse us. And we can acknowledge the forgiveness He’s given those who trust in Him—by extending that same forgiveness to others.
God’s way changes desperate hearts. I hope you extend acceptance and forgiveness to the repentant as well, even if they don’t “deserve” it. It may be the hardest thing you ever do, but it will be worth it—for eternity.
See you on the next page.
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, we continue with part two in David’s series on forgiveness, in “COIL Character Corban Dowler, Willing to Forgive.”