I am not one to follow or engage in celebrity gossip or their personal lives (I am always busy changing a diaper or cleaning messes) but the Tiger Wood jokes just got so funny, actually I googled a few. Anyway, I didn’t even know Tiger was making a public apology that morning, but when I clicked on a link of popular stories on yahoo and read his apology. Something bothered me about it, enough to watch it on YouTube. I was thinking his apology was so rehearsed and sincere in some ways! What bothered me were the expectations of public figures than his real apology.
I must say I sometimes struggle with forgiveness, I mean really petty things or people might bother me and I am sometimes inflexible and even cynical to apologies. I know I should keep reminding myself of Jesus words… “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Easier said…! Also Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)
Therefore I keep reminding myself it is not in my place to judge other peoples mistakes (sins) and take every apology at face value. So Tiger’s story is not that different from our own lives or my own. Sin is sin right? Maybe sin is what someone else does but in our own lives, we too often just call it a mistake, mmm… I think we all struggle with some sin . It’s easy to look at someone else and judge them but ignore our even worse sin.
So putting all my heavy cynicism away and normal urge to judge, I am wishing for him and anyone else I haven’t trusted their apology to succeed in rebuilding their lives. I pray for my life that I will always be humble enough to forgive others and to not judge. Psalm 103:8-12 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…..
What do you think; does forgiveness come easy for you?
more verses on forgivess: