“And forgive our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
So this morning, after several weeks of the pain in my cracked tooth getting worse, went and got a root canal. The pain had gotten progressively worse and also unpredictable, sometimes feeling fine and sometimes throbbing like nobody’s business. Also, a root canal did not sound like fun. You would think something that costs $1300 would be more enjoyable. That’s a lot of money to spend on torture.
But here’s the thing, a few hours later a drank cold water without pain. A miracle I tell you! Yes, yes, people will say, “You should have gotten this done awhile ago. There is no sense in suffering.” But you never realize how much it hurts until it hurts no more. You get used to discomfort after a while. But now, I feel amazing and life is pretty good. I just needed to do what I needed to do.
Sin can hurt like a cracked tooth. If it is your sin or someone’s sin against you, no matter, it can cause great pain. Yet, we continue in the pain and often we actually get used to it. Of course, there is a solution and it costs much less than $1300: forgiveness. Forgiveness is free, but it still is hard to embrace. We can hear an amazing story on television of someone who defeated the pain and bitterness of sin with forgiveness, then we exhort how wonderful they are and that they are like a saint. But we are all called to be saints. We are all called to forgive, as our Father forgives us.
During this Lent and Year of Mercy, who do you need to forgive? You can say you don’t have pain from the sin, but if you search yourself, I suggest you will probably find it, hidden in a place you choose not to go. You will never know how good it feels to let it go and forgive until you finally do it. God’s grace will be your Novocaine. No one can promise it will be easy, but then few things in life worth anything come easily. But when you have completed your task, like a good and faithful disciple, the reward may be better than you ever imagined.