- Forgiveness is not easy and it takes time. In Matthew 18:22 Jesus tells the disciples we need to forgive a person 490 times! This to me connotates that forgiveness is A, a process, and B, will not happen overnight. In fact if you look at forgiveness this way if you pray once a day asking God to help you forgive someone who truly grieved you it will take well over a year before you could say you've truly forgiven them.
- Unforgiveness in your heart is like drinking poison and expecting the people who hurt you to die. God does not want bitterness to grow in our hearts. (Ephesians 4:31) It eats away at our joy and can literally take years off of our life
- When we hold on to unforgiveness we place ourselves in a position of control and superiority over those who wronged us. Not forgiving someone is like mentally saying, "YOU OWE ME. I will not forgive you until you have fulfilled this debt." This type of mentality seeks to gain control over the situation. Unforgiveness also says, "What you did was so wrong, you don't deserve my grace." The fact of the matter is no one person on this planet is superior to another. god places all humans into the same category, sinner. (Romans 3:23) God does speak harshly towards some sins (harming a child for example) but we are all equally in need of God's Grace.
- No offense is greater than killing the perfect Son of God. You and I are guilty of killing God's son, bear with me here. Our sin was so great and grievous to a perfect God, that His very son had to be sent to die so that we might find forgiveness. Christ died for us while we were still sinners, He died so that we could know salvation. You and I require God's grace because our sin is that horrible. No matter what someone did that seems unforgivable, remember you need Grace too, and God extends it to you if you would only accept.
- We must forgive others because Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32) It would be easy to nurse wounds sometimes rather than forgive, but Christ forgave us, therefore we must forgive others.
- God requires us to forgive others. (Matthew 6:14-15) Part of understanding God's grace is accepting the fact that it is Christ's work that let's us attain salvation. It has nothing to do with how good of a person we are, it has everything to do with God's sacrifice. We could do as many good things as Mother Theresa, but it wouldn't make us any better than the people that we need to forgive.
- God will cleanse us from our sins and forgive us if we ask. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " We all need salvation, and God promises to always forgive.
Will you learn along with me? Let's encourage one another.