Forgiveness, Our Greatest Need

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Colossians 2:6-15

And you . . . God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses. (v. 13)

What is our greatest need? We have many: emotional, physical, and spiritual.
Psychologists can build a career defining them. The apostle Paul, however, speaks of
forgiveness. He declares that we are “made alive” with Christ because God has “forgiven us
all our trespasses.” It is through this act of forgiving that we are a changed, redeemed

Reformed theologians Andrew and Leonard Kuyvenhoven write, “Forgiveness stands at the
heart of the Christian faith.” Without it, there is no healing for broken hearts and
burned-out souls; parents will fight with children, and brothers and sisters among
themselves. No relationship can last without forgiveness, and there is no other way to
repair the damage of human interaction.

Without forgiveness there is no way to repair our relationship with God either.
Forgiveness lies at the heart of the cross. Two arms of wood reach out to embrace all
humanity while a vertical post connects heaven and earth. Because Jesus died on those
wooden arms, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and the “power of darkness” is
destroyed. Our relationship with God is mended and we are “transferred into the kingdom of
his beloved Son” (v. 13). Citizens of this kingdom are forgiven and have the power to be
forgiving as well.


Lord, by failing to see our greatest need, we minimize the cross. Thank you for

forgiving us.