Sunshine’s Word of the Day
Today’s word: Forgive
Matthew 6:14-15 (New King James Version)
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Mark 11:25 (New King James Version)
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
Forgive means to give up resentment, to cease to feel resentment against an offender or to grant relief from payment.
As believers we must forgive. There is no way that you can claim to love the Lord, but will not forgive those who have offended you. You cannot love the Lord and refuse to forgive others or even ask for forgiveness.
As Christians we are famous for saying that we forgive someone, yet we hold onto the “feeling” of resentment. We may cease the act of resenting someone, but we are still holding onto that feeling. When you truly forgive you have to cease that feeling of resentment. We say we have forgiven our offender, but as soon as they walk in the room our entire facial expression changes, our temperatures rises to 110.9, and we either start complaining about them reliving the entire event or we seek away of escape.
We’ll I thought you said you forgave them? Surely, if you released the feeling of resentment you would be able to stay in the same room as that individual and remain the same. Just nod your head if you know what I am talking about.
When you forgive you also grant the relief of payment. Relief of payment can be monetary, physical, emotional, or spiritual. Someone owes you money, but you tell them it’s okay and that you don’t need it back, yet you hold on to resentment for them not paying you back. Or someone has offended you and you claim to forgive them, but you are anxiously awaiting them to pay for what they have done to you. As believers we have to forgive.
Matthew 18:35 (NIV) says, 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
When we forgive, we must do it from our heart. Lip service is not good enough to God. You may be able to fool other believers, by walking around saying, I’ve forgiven you, but in your heart you are cursing them out. God knows your heart. He truly knows your heart and He cannot forgive you if you will not forgive others. We have to be sincere when we ask for forgiveness. When we forgive others, we position ourselves for Christ to forgive us, we allow ourselves to have peace and become free from the bondage of anger and bitterness, and we set an example of what Christ looks like to others.
Someone reading this is holding on to some anger and resentment right now, and I pray that God grants you a heart that would forgive. Forgiveness has to be one of the hardest aspects of Christian living, but it’s possible and it’s necessary. What if Christ refused to forgive us? If Christ can forgive you of all of the mess you have done then surely you can learn to forgive others. (I’m speaking to the choir on this one).
There are times when I say that I have forgiven someone, only to discover that I still hold on to some form of resentment. It’s not healthy and it must go. I pray that God opens your heart to forgive those who have trespassed against you. Life is too short to be angry all of the time. Let it go and sincerely forgive. Remember Christ forgave you!
Have a blessed day!
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