Forgiveness can simply be defined as letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment.
Forgiveness is a very important virtue every Christian must possess, i.e. the heart of forgiveness. Many times, people we are very close to or even people we hardly know offend us and we don’t know whether to forgive them or not. I want to ask you today, do you know the power of forgiveness?
The Bible makes us understand that there are two types of forgiveness: God’s forgiveness of our sins, and our duty to forgive others. Forgiveness is a very important subject to the extent that our eternal destiny depends on it. Sometimes as humans, we think that unforgiveness will let those who hurt us realise what they did to us was wrong. However, I want you to know today that refusing to forgive is a sin. If we receive forgiveness from God, we must give it to others who hurt us. We cannot hold grudges or seek revenge. Why can’t you forgive the person who wronged you?
Man has a sinful nature. Adam and Eve sinned against God and so He expressed a level of disappointment because He had initially warned them to keep off the tree of life but they disobeyed. When we read Ephesians 1:7, it says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Therefore, we can see that the foundation of our forgiveness is God’s grace. Through His grace came the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ because I believe that if God were not gracious, He would not have sent His Son to come and die for our sins. Without the atonement, God cannot forgive. In Christ, we have been set free from our sins so what prevents us from letting go of our hurts and disappointments.
We ask God to forgive us when we say the Lord’s Prayer but we often times withhold forgiveness from others. Yet, Lord Jesus issues a strong warning in Matthew 6:15: “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” If you don’t forgive, others of things they’ve done to hurt you, then don’t expect forgiveness from God because those that don’t forgive others have never truly repented of their own sins and they have not truly believed the Gospel. I want you to know that forgiveness is possible even when the offense is unforgivable, atrocious and the pain intense. I’m sure that you have heard the proverb, “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” Indeed, forgiving is God’s concern, that is why He has redeemed us by the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ. When people do things to hurt you, try your possible best to forgive them for the reason that as people, we all make mistakes.
Forgiveness is very powerful because God holds the position of forgiver by the powerful blood of Jesus. This means that God keeps you when you forgive. He makes you a winner. When you forgive someone, never think that you have not lost; you have rather showed a sense of Christian maturity by initiating the process of peace building. When we read Ephesians 4:31-5:2 it says, “Let all bitterness and anger and slander be put away from you. Be kind, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for you.” Remember that love is patient, love is kind, love does not keep record of wrongs as seen 1 Corinthians 13:4-5. When you possess the virtue called forgiveness, you always live a free life and you have the joy of the Lord filling you up. Forgiveness always goes with love because you cannot claim to forgive someone and still hate that person. Forgiveness is so hard at times but it is in the forgiving that we are set free.
Forgiveness brings life and peace both to the forgiver and the forgiven. Jesus Christ challenges us to pardon others. He asks us to exemplify the “Golden Rule” which is “do unto others what we would have them do to you.” We all have met people whom we could consider unforgivable but God is employing us to extend our hands of forgiveness to them. Thus, when we forgive, we extend God’s grace, which we do not deserve but have received, to those who may not deserve it but need it. Such is the life to which God has called us.
When we read Ephesians 4:30,32 it says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Are you willing to show that kindness, and forgiveness the Bible is talking about?
People of God all around this world, let us walk in the power and fullness of Jesus Christ and FORGIVE TODAY anyone and everyone who has hurt us.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”~2 Corinthians 13:14
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