May 16th, 2018
Forgive, Even if The Other Party is Not Sorry
Mark 11:25-26 (KJB) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
God commands us to forgive, therefore there is no other choice. There is no acceptable excuse we can imply for holding onto our inflicted hurts, both from ourselves or from others.
Not only does God command us to forgive others but also to forget. Yes, we must choose to “fail to recall” what others have chosen to do and say to us. This sounds hard, but it is God that laid the spiritual groundwork on Calvary and in our spiritually quickened heart to make forgiveness possible.
We cannot ever control the action and speech of others to us or in relating to others. The only thing we have any control over is our own thinking and decision-making process. A child of God is naturally compelled to identify with God and to forgive others. In fact, the Bible encourages us to forgive and forget as often as is necessary, despite what any other person says, feels, or does on his or her end of any given situation.
Forgiveness of others is of the utmost importance. If we cannot release a person from their wayward actions and love them anyways, then perhaps we do not know God like we thought we did. After all, God forgave us for our sin and great spiritual ugliness. In fact, keep in mind that our own forgiveness from God is hinged upon whether we choose to forgive others or not. If we hold onto our hurts and fail to release others from their choice to hurt us, then God says He will not forgive us our sin either.
The choice is simple: Forgive others as we desire to be forgiven by God. It is a spiritual chain reaction snowball- forgive others and be ourselves forgiven of God. Hold onto the hurt caused by others and God will not release us from our hurt and sin. God’s gift of forgiveness has been given, open it and allow its touch to adorn you as it points to the goodness of God, and outwardly affect the lives of many others.