Choose to forgive and live.

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“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” Matthew 6:14-15, NKJV.
Take a moment to observe the picture of the flower below. Does it look alive and vibrant? Does it look happy? No, it looks like all of the life has been drained from it. This is what unforgiveness does to us. Unforgiveness is sin and it separates us from the Source of life, which is God, and it puts a complete halt on everything pertaining to Him in our lives.
Forgiving someone can become as instinctive as saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes. How is that possible? Because we are simply giving away what we have received ourselves. We’re giving away the mercy we abundantly receive everyday. The Bible says, freely we have received, let us freely give (see Matthew 10:8).

But why does it feel so hard to do? Because sin complicates everything. We say, “What they did was far worse than anything I’ve ever done to anyone!” We say, “But you don’t know what they did!” But the LORD’s response to that reasoning is, “But what sins did I forgive you of?” Your righteousness is as filthy rags to Me. You didn’t deserve My love and mercy, but I poured it out upon you and forgave you of every sin past, present, and future. Through the blood of Jesus I cleansed you and made you clean and holy before Me . Now, you must forgive with the same mercy I’ve given you.”

My sister, you may have a choice to not forgive, but you don’t have a right, especially when God has forgiven you of so much.

Whether they see their wrong and apologize or not, choose to forgive and live.

Prayer: Father God, I’m so sorry for being unforgiving. I’m so sorry for not showing to others the mercy and love you’ve shown so freely to me. I don’t have a right to not forgive especially when you have forgiven me of so much. Freely I have received and now I give it away by your grace and power. I forgive everyone and anyone who has sinned against me or those I love. I forgive them LORD and I pray you extend your mercy toward them and cause them to see their need for you. I choose to walk by faith and not by fear. I choose to forgive and live. In Jesus name, Amen.

One thought on “Choose to forgive and live.

  1. I needed this message today. It’s hard to be humble in the face of your own anger and sadness. The last thing you think about is forgiveness. This message reminded me why it’s so important to forgive and to let go. I don’t deserve forgiveness, but God bestows mercy, grace and love even still. The thought makes me drop to my knees in thanks for seeing me inside and out, the good and bad, and still, I’m loved.

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