No man is too bad for God.
– Cast of Characters: Lost & Found, Max Lucado
But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.
– The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis
Jacob was a traitor, yet he faced his past and wrestled with God to gain forgiveness. He was given a new name, became a father to a great nation that even the present world knows – Israel. It is just so mindblowing to know what God can do to each of us. He can pick us up from the mire and set us on golden pedestals. If we just seek Him.
Edmund Pevensie betrayed his siblings (and Narnia and Aslan) over the Ice Queen’s promise of Turkish Delight. But he has seen the error of his ways, suffered the consequences, and gained forgiveness. If we have experienced forgiveness and second chances, then we can also give it, albeit there are instances wherein it is just hard to do so, human as we are. As we wrestled our way to gain forgiveness from those we have done wrong, I think we should also wrestle with these thoughts and bitter feelings that hinders us to offer forgiveness.