Forgiveness. It’s hard sometimes isn’t it? There have been times that I just didn’t really want to forgive. But even though it’s hard, God tells us to.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13
What is the meaning of the word forgive? In Strong’s dictionary it says: Forgive- To show one’s self gracious, kind, benevolent, to pardon. Have we been forgiving? Are we forgiving? Will we forgive? No matter what you do, someone will always mock and laugh at you. We need to be ready and willing to forgive. Has not our heavenly Father forgiven us? Us… vile sinners, who are nothing but dust. Oh, may we never forget what Jesus said in Matthew 6:15
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Dear friends, let us pray for one another that we may be given the grace and power to over-come ourselves and forgive and love one another! You might be saying, “But they hurt me. I could never forgive them!” I understand. I’ve been there. But remember that Jesus also went through a lot of pain and still He cried “Father forgive them!” Let us cry to God “Father help me forgive!” He will help you and never leave you alone. Isn’t that wonderful?
When you forgive it doesn’t mean that you will instantly feel like nothing ever happened. Just like getting a cut, it will take time to heal; but God is good. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Just trust, obey, forgive, and leave the rest to God.
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22