What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. Forgiveness is a gift and an act of kindness; it is indeed the greatest act of kindness you can give to yourself.
Sometimes we find it so hard to forgive people who offend us. Most times the people who offend us are those whom we trust most, someone we look up to, at times the very people whom we love the most and cherish. Forgiving can be hard, especially when someone hurts us.
What does the Bible teaches us about forgiveness?
One of the main purpose of christianity is forgiveness. In actual fact forgiveness ist one of the major teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Ephesians 1:7 KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ we have redemption and this redemption is the forgiveness of sins.
Why is it so hard to forgive?
1. sometimes we were so wounded by people we trusted most. The wound may have been old, but the pain remains fresh.
2. sometimes people treated others unfairly in order to maximize their own power. We often find it difficult to forgive because they've wounded us to our very soul.
What does God does with our sins?
- He erases them
Isaiah 43:24-25 KJV
24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- He does not record them
Psalm 32:2 KJV
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
- He totally removes them
Psalm 103:12 KJV
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
- He nails them to the cross
Colossians 2: 13-14 KJV
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Why do we have to forgive others?
1. From a Gracious God we receive forgiveness; we have all sinned against God
2. Forgiving someone is a difficult thing to do, but it's a necessity for our well-being; Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself: It improves our life by improving our physical and emotional health.
3. Forgiving someone who has hurt you could be the greatest challenge of your life. But if you choose to forgive, you glorify God and reveal His character to those around you.
Jesus died on the cross not because something was wrong with him, but because everything was wrong with us.
Forgiveness and being reconciled are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not patting one another on the back and turning blind eye to the wrong.
Forgiveness looks sin in the eye and speaks the costly words : "I forgive you."
In most cases, the only way to forgive is by remembering. It is important that we do not make a simplistic connection between forgiving and forgetting. True forgiveness requires a careful look at what has actually happened to us. It is possible that we genuinely do not remember what someone has done against us, but most often it is largely a mistake to say, "Forgive and forget." Rather, the judgment of grace enables us, through the power of Holy Spirit, to remember well and deal with it.
- True forgiveness requires the offender to own sin repentantly.
- Genuine repentance goes deeper than apology or the expression of regret.
- forgiveness is given graciously and generously; if they repent, forgive them.
Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting to remember, but remembering to forget.
O Lord our GOD, grant us the Grace to genuinely forgive those who ask us for forgiveness.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the Hills
(Psalm 121: 1-8 KJV)
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
God is ever faithful, glory be to His Holy Name forever. People may fail you, but God won’t. God Jehovah never leaves you hanging.
(Psalm 46:1 KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. God knows what we want even before we ask.
(Psalm 91: 1-3 KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
The psalmist said surely he will save you, in times of despair and troubles, let us be rest assured that God is ever faithful and He is with us to lead, to protect and to fulfill all His promises to us.
The advantages of trusting in God
1. God fights our battles
2. God watches over us
3. God provides for us
4. Nothing can move us. (Psalm 27:1 KJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
5. God delivers us from all our troubles. Psalm 34:19 KJV: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
6. God protects us
7. God guides our Steps
In times of despair and trouble, let us be rest assured that God is ever faithful and He is always with us to lead, to protect and to fulfil all His promises to us.
(Psalm 119: 89 -90 KJV)
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Brethren let us look up to God in every areas of our lives.
Watch Word for this Month: I will stay Strong, stand Tall, and be Bold in The Lord.