In this devotional I want to broaden your understanding of what it means to truly forgive. First, we have to acknowledge that forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a conscious choice which has nothing to do with how we feel. Forgiveness happens when we choose that we will no longer expect those who hurt us to repay us for the harm that was done. We choose that we will move on with our lives and no longer dwell on the hurt. Forgiveness can be difficult. It is so hard to forgive some of the offenses against us. But we must remember that forgiveness is a very important part of our spirituality. Jesus is making it clear, the true test for real Christianity is to forgive others. That is because all of Christianity is built on forgiveness. Where would we be without the forgiveness of Christ? Let go of all the unforgiveness that is eating you up inside. Today, let God help you forgive. Write a note and tie it to the balloon and let it all go to the heavens and let God take it and help you to forgive forever!
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”~ Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is not initially about the person who wronged us; it’s about us. If we will not forgive someone who failed to meet our expectations, we start to change on the inside. We grow in anger and resentment. The quality of our own life continuously suffers and in this way, we compound the wrongdoing until it becomes something far more damaging than it originally was. One of the most important reasons we must forgive is that we cannot grow into the mature Christian whom Jesus is calling us to be with all that hurt and animosity building up inside us. Forgiveness is that act by which we release ourselves from our own prison of bitterness.
Forgiveness does not mean that we forget the offense and it certainly does not mean that we need to stay in a relationship with the one who wronged us. Forgiveness does not require that relationships never change. It does require that we move past the incident in our hearts and that we refrain from dwelling on it.
Forgiveness is not easy, but it is also not optional – our Lord commands it in Matthew 6:14 as a prerequisite for our own sins being forgiven.
Are you having difficulty forgiving someone? Is the hurt so big you just can’t let it go? Remember, the bigger the hurt, the longer your prison term of bitterness, resentment, and, anger will be. Forgiveness is about you, not the other person. Your pain will not subside until you make the choice to forgive. Ask God for strength and make a choice to forgive!
Have a wonderful day and be freed from any unforgiveness in your heart. Love you all. Please share with others and I pray it will help them in their walk with Jesus! God bless you!