This post showed up on my FB memories page yesterday.
It’s interesting how God orchestrates things sometimes. This article ties into a feature I’ll be doing midweek next week. Also, I’ll have some exciting news next week!!
When I think of forgiveness, my first thought is naturally of Christ’s forgiveness toward us but what about our role in forgiveness.
Forgiveness, I believe, is one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued precepts of the Bible (also one of the hardest to follow).
Most of our issues for forgiveness stem from a wrong done by someone we care about i.e. family members, church family and friends-which is what I am focusing on today. Because of this, it is especially hard to let it go sometimes and forgive. Yet the Bible tells us to forgive.
Just a few examples of our call to forgive are:
Matthew 18:21, 22(KJV)
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.
Luke 17:3, 4
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
We do not want to let the person(s) off lightly so we stew, fret and create an imprisonment of bitterness within our hearts and life.
The thing that we forget and is easy to discount is forgiveness is not for the other person(s) but for us. Forgiveness starts to thaw our frozen heart and allows us to grow.
Forgiveness is NOT an emotion but a very intentional choice we must make.
Forgiveness does not mean the other(s) have to forgive, too.
NO, forgiveness is for us, for our growth and maturity and our peace of mind.