25 Oct The Importance of Forgiveness
Today we are talking about another nugget of wisdom we can use from God’s Word to make our lives more pleasing to Him.
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Proverbs 17:9 “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
We shouldn’t just follow this verse because God commands us to but also because it will help us have a better life. God tells us to forgive others to benefit us.
It has been said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
When we hold unforgiveness, we are constantly focusing on someone else. We can’t experience joy because we are so concentrated on how that person hurt or offended us.
The world tells us to get revenge and treat people like they treat us, but the Bible says to turn the other cheek. It even says that if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven!
In order to have a better walk with the Lord, we have to forgive.
Ten or fifteen years ago, someone wronged me in a way that hurt me deeply. It took a long time for me to forgive that person. I finally realized that my unforgiveness meant that although the cross provided atonement for them, that wasn’t good enough for me.
Unforgivenss will ruin your life.
Some people say, “I will forgive, but I won’t forget.” I understand that, but we have to make a choice to forget, especially at the beginning.
It’s easier when someone apologizes. Yet, even if they don’t, we still have to believe that Jesus’ death was enough to cover both our sins and the person’s who hurt us.
The Bible says we can’t dwell on the wrong done against us. That means we need to forgive and forget.
Jesus went through pain and suffering to offer forgiveness to people who he knew would never apologize. Can we do any less?
God has forgiven me for my sins, and therefore, I’ll forgive others. It won’t just benefit my relationships, but it will also help me personally.
If you need to forgive someone, ask God to help you forgive them and love them like He does. It might not be easy, but it will be worth it.