What is forgiveness? Why do we Forgive? Of what essence will that be? Why should you possibly forgive your enemies, the critics around you? Many a times, this are some of the questions we ask ourselves but what we need to understand is that, forgiveness is a direction from God.
Forgiveness means letting go of past hurts, disappointments, bitterness and hatred, cause by the people around us. Forgiveness becomes difficult when the offender is a person we never thought could hurt us. Forgiving others may seem to be a choice, and in one sense it is a choice, but God has been very clear about forgiveness. He has given us specific direction in numerous Scriptures, all of which can be summed up in just one word — forgive! God’s Word says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25). “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude!
God in His own infinite wisdom and power made it clear to us that, it is in our own best interest to forgive! Forgiveness opens every closed doors in our life. It is the “Breath Of Life”. Forgiveness attracts blessings and favor from the Most High. God is not talking about what is in the best interest of the person who needs to be forgiven. We are the ones who God is trying to protect. And besides, when we forgive, We are the ones who mostly benefit from forgiveness, not the other person. An unforgiven spirit complicates and compromises our daily walk with God. Forgiving others releases us from anger and allows us to receive the healing we need. The whole reason God has given us specific direction is because He does not want anything to stand between us and Him. God’s love for us is unconditional, it has no filth. It is clean and strong. Forgiving others spares us from the consequences of living out of an unforgiving heart. Forgiveness heals every wounds. It restores happiness and makes way for the blessing of God.
And below is a Parable, Jesus told His Disciples On what forgiveness meant.
The Parable Of the Unforgiving Servant
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, If my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do i have to forgive him? Seven times? “No, not seven times, answered Jesus, “but seven times seven, because the kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants’ accounts. He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of pounds. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before the king, ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and i will pay you everything!. The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go. “Then the man went out and met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a few pounds. He grabbed him and started choking him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he said. His fellow-servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, i will pay you back! But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were very very upset and went to the king and told him everything. So he called the servant in. ‘You worthless slave!’ he said. ‘I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow-servant, just as i had mercy on you.’ The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount.” And Jesus concluded, “That is how my Father in heaven will treat everyone of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.
Forget the people who make you sad or hurt you. Don’t let them affect you. But never forget what they taught you. The choices you make, the struggles you face prepares you for life. And also remember that, anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was OK, it doesn’t mean, the person should still be welcomed in your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain. Let Go and Receive the blessings of the Lord. He is ever ready to show you His unconditional love, His Grace, and Power. Just Forgive and Forget. God loves you and He is ready to forgive you if you forgive anyone who sins against you. The Beauty of God’s Love surpasses all earthly things. Live in Peace. Let love lead.