Many in society perceive a forgiving person to be a weak person. But nothing could be further from the truth, for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is the virtue of the weak, and adorns the strong. Nothing exists that forgiveness cannot subdue, as forgiveness subjugates everything in this world. What can the world do to you if you carry the power of forgiveness in your heart? Fire burning on sand will extinguish itself with nothing to feed it. Forgiveness is the highest good; bringing peace to your soul. The act of forgiveness will bring contentment to the heart, as with kindness shown will bring you happiness.
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful acts in the universe. Few things are more precious. There are people, friends and family we interact with every day, in which we need to give and receive forgiveness. We in our own sin carry a heavy weight, it is so wonderful to be set free, and to know that the One, who we did completely wrong, has completely in His love and mercy forgives us from our sin.
The term ‘forgive’ derives from ‘give’ or to ‘grant’, as in ‘to give up,’ or ‘cease to harbor resentment, or wrath. And the term ‘forgiveness’ is defined as the action of forgiving, pardoning of a fault, remission of a debt, and similar responses to injury, wrongdoing, or obligation.
Personally it is hard for me to forgive someone who has wronged me. Although I prefer it to harboring anger and resentment, forgiveness is not my favorite thing. It is difficult at times for me to forgive and sometimes even more difficult for me to receive forgiveness from others. Instead of telling someone, “I forgive you, I find it easier to say to them -”Forget about it, it’s nothing”. Most times it is much easier in the flesh to say nothing at all. I have found that unless someone actually wants you to apologize, and desires your forgiveness, they may feel offended because you have the nerve to compound their injury by mounting your high horse and forgiving them, thinking you to be hypocritical, and sanctimonious. I have found it easier to say to someone offended – It’s all right, forget about it, rather than to say I forgive you, which entails diving into my own heart of emotions. There is no doubt about it, it is a struggle to forgive someone who has hurt us or wronged us. We allow the seeds of anger and bitterness to grow in our hearts separating us from the goodness God wishes for us to receive in life.
But I have learned the more I let go and forgive that I allow Christ to bring joy to my own life. I have learned that it’s OK, as we are all human and we will all in one sort or another want to withhold forgiveness. It is our human nature. But we can pray to God and ask Him to make us aware of those closed off dark corners of our lives where we are holding anger, unforgiveness, and resentfulness against someone, and we can both give and receive forgiveness. The Spirit of God will allow us to see our own need for forgiveness, and the need to forgive the offenses of others against us and put them in proper prospective under our Lord, bringing a breakthrough in our life.
Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
Jesus when speaking to his disciples asked them to pray for forgiveness from God every time they prayed. Is this something we are missing in our daily activities? Our Lord knew that we as human beings would on a daily basis, incur debts against God, and we would fall short of what our Lord intended for our lives. There is not a single day that goes by, that we should not stop and take the time to ask God to remove our debt that we have committed against Him.
Jesus taught us, that while we forgive those who have done us wrong, we in turn should expect forgiveness from God who will forgive us in the same way and manner that we forgive others.
Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The very nature of God is based on forgiveness.
Exodus 34:6-7 And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.
If we are to be Disciples of Christ and servants of God, we MUST follow His example. If God was able to send his Son Jesus to die for our sins, in order that we might be forgiven, and if He was able to teach us to forgive even our most ruthless adversaries, including family, friends, husbands, wives, children and even our ENEMIES. If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ were able to forgive those who even took His life, how can we do anything less?
There are no rules on who or what we can forgive. Jesus did not say we could forgive some and forget others…..There is no biblical excuse to allow us to NOT forgive someone who has wronged us. If you are holding anger, resentment and you are not able to honestly forgive someone you are living contrary to God’s wishes and in violation of His commands. If you choose to not forgive those in your circle of life, your prayers and your worship to God become worthless and futile. You better think about that!
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
It’s OK, we are all human and we will all in one sort or another withhold forgiveness. It is our human nature. But you can pray to God and ask Him to make you aware of those closed off dark corners of your life, where you are holding anger, unforgiveness, and resentfulness against someone in your life, and you can both give and receive forgiveness. The Spirit of God will allow you to see your own need for forgiveness and to forgive the offenses of others against you and put them in proper prospective under our Lord, you can have a breakthrough in your life.
If we can understand our own need to receive forgiveness, and the Godly principle of forgiving those who have done us wrong, we can ask God to make us more like Christ. Even if we were to find ourselves in the darkest of hours of existence, as Jesus was when He was unjustly wronged; and if we were being nailed to a cross, and if we were innocent as Jesus was even in death – we could cry out “Father forgive them”. What a prayer – Even in death He prayed for forgiveness. The ultimate example given us by our Lord. There is nothing that anyone has done to you that can top that. Take Christ’s example, do yourself a favor – forgive, and be forgiven.
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- Overcome Or Be Overcome – Part 2 (Are You A Hoarder?) (krisbelfils.wordpress.com)
- Forgiveness (ejaife.wordpress.com)
- FORGIVE ME LORD (prayer of a contrite heart) (wordsrhymesandrhythm.wordpress.com)
- Do We Really Understand Forgiveness? (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)