“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” Matthew 6:14, NIV.
For most people when we hear the words “forgive them” our skin begins to crawl. It has to be thee most difficult thing to do when you have been hurt and emotionally scarred. And I’m not talking about forgiving them with empty words, I’m talking about forgiving them wholeheartedly to the point where you are compelled to earnestly pray for them frequently. It’s all the more difficult to do when you have to face them often.
But the Lord has commanded us to follow His footsteps in everything, including forgiveness. We must forgive others just as He has forgiven us. Now a days people forgive certain things but not all. It’s like we have a “severity of offense” checklist and we go by that list in order to forgive like Jesus did. We are so wrong, my friends. The moment God forgave us, He didn’t go by any checklist, He entirely forgave us because without His forgiveness we wouldn’t have access to our eternal salvation.
The opening scripture tells us to forgive in order to be forgiven. Although this can be a hard truth to receive, it’s ultimately for our own good. How? Because forgiving them, detoxifies you!
Forgiving others is about you, not them, so it’s in our best interest to live a toxic free life. We will always encounter betrayals and offense, but we must forgive right away and refuse to allow the toxins of unforgiveness to pile up. However, if we refuse to wholeheartedly forgive right away, we will be like an atomic bomb waiting to explode. Unfortunately, we end up hurting innocent people.
Let’s be wise and obedient. Let’s forgive and be set free.
Prayer: Father God, I can’t count the times You’ve forgiven me. So I freely give what You’ve given me. I release any unforgiveness that has been stored up in my heart for (fill in the blank)______________. I forgive them right now by faith. I ask that You bless them and cause them to see Your love for them. I also pray that heal my heart, heal my emotions and fill me with Your love. In Jesus name, Amen!
(Read Matthew 18:21-25; Proverbs 21:13; Mark 11:25-26; Ephesians 4:32)