“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”
There’s a few ways to look at forgiveness:
- Forgive if you hope to be forgiven.
- Forgive to release dead weight
- It shows the same grace and mercy God shows us.
How can we ask God for something we won’t freely do? Our forgiveness doesn’t mean we think someone was right, it means we release the bond the offense holds on us. It means that through grace or mercy, we let go and leave all of the details to God. Imagine being enslaved by your unwillingness to forgive. Now visualize those shackles falling off the moment you choose forgiveness.
We can choose to be enslaved by the circumstances or we can choose the freedom that comes from letting go. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged, so we can stop carrying around the burden. We have enough to deal with and our own sins haunting us, consider lightening your load by choosing to release someone else’s dead weight. Let’s work on it.
What do you think?
Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others I demonstrate the grace and mercy You show me. I also believe that You smile upon me with approval. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life.
I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength and courage to overcome the temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. I don’t want to carry around any more mess so I want to release that stress. In the Name of Your Son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray. Amen.
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