Impact: Forgiveness (Day 3)

Airline fees. Two words that can quickly strike panic in our hearts. (Or just fees in general for that matter) While preparing for any upcoming service trip, I had to make a name change on one of the airline tickets. I did my research to see if there would be any complications to this process. It seemed straightforward enough, except for one small thing: a $125 fee attached to making any changes to the existing itinerary. I dreaded this. And honestly, I put off the call for a bit because I knew how it would turn out. There hadn’t been a death or anything, so I was preparing to find a way to cover the $125 fee needed.

I finally made the call and connected with a seemingly friendly agent. Though I thought it was futile, I explained the situation: An original member of the group had sustained an injury and was told by his doctors that he couldn’t fly anytime soon. The agent was kind and quickly replaced the name on the ticket. She then asked if there was anything else I needed before the call concluded. Sheepishly, I asked if there were any fees involved in the change. Much to my delight, the agent told me that she had waived the fees because she felt bad for the injured young man. Forgiveness of the fee was what I had hoped for, but definitely wasn’t what I was counting on. $125 may not seem like a lot, but in a trip with college students, it can make a big difference.

We can pretty easily grasp what it is to be let off the hook for a fine or fee (Have you ever received only a warning when you were sure you would get a big speeding ticket?) But what God has done for us is so far beyond that. The many ways that Christ has forgiven us expands so much further any amount of money that we can attach to the idea. We have been given the ultimate forgiveness, being washed clean in Jesus’ blood, and given an invitation into eternity with Him. There is nothing so awesome or precious as the forgiveness that we have in Christ.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace -Ephesians 1:7
-Adam Green