"What I have forgiven....I did it for your sake
in the presence of Christ"
2 Corinthians 2:10
Forgiveness is a deliberate act.
It is not an easy thing.
But, it is a choice a believer can make.
Matthew 18:35 explains that
even though we enjoy living in Christ's forgiveness,
we may, at times, not be willing to forgive.
Christ came as The Peacemaker
to reconcile us to God
and to one another.
Unforgiveness is like a prison.
We lock people we cannot forgive
in a place in our heart,
a jail of our own bitterness and rejection.
This dark prison exists within our heart every day
that we carry unforgiveness.
Jesus offers us a key that will release
Yet, in our pain we may refuse,
we turn away from doing what He asks us to do.
And we discover to our own sorrow
that we are trapped along with those we cannot forgive.
Unforgiveness, anger and bitterness,
make us captives as well.
We learn that freedom is dependent upon our forgiveness.
Making a decision to forgive takes time.
It seems there are many dangers and risks
involved in forgiveness.
What if they will not admit to their sin?
What if they are not sorry?
What if they feel justified, and place blame on you?
It's important to understand what forgiveness is
before you decide to offer such a gift.
Forgiveness does not absolve anyone of blame.
It does not clear their record with God.
*It just clears you of having to worry about how to punish them*
When you forgive someone,
you're not turning them loose.
*You are turning them over to God*
He can be counted on to deal with them
His own way.
You save yourself the trouble of arguing
and trying to be understood.
It's not about winning or losing anymore.
It's about freedom....and letting go.
This is why those who forgive feel a great burden
has lifted from their shoulders.
For the first time in a long time
there is a feeling of release and peace.
How do we go about this?
To begin with,
release your anger and your judgment.
God is responsible for judging people.
Leave room for His wrath, for it is written,
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord"
How will you know when you have done this?
The thought of their name no longer causes anger
to rise in your heart.
You pity them and hope they turn to Christ.
we do not have to
build close friendships or relationships
with those we forgive.
This is step to consider carefully with
people who will help us build safe
and healthy relationships.
I recognize how painful this step is.
I pray for each reader that they will have
the courage and faith to forgive those
who have wounded them,
and that you will enjoy the freedom
of forgiveness and letting go.
Lord Of Eternity
Jesus Paid It All