This topic is very near and dear to my heart. Forgiveness has been a major key in my life for a healthy and whole heart. Jesus promised all an abundant life, if we are to experience this abundant life, then our responsibility is to choose and obey GOD’s WORD, and forgive. The Father told us to forgive just as JESUS forgave all on the cross, looking forward to the joy set before him, you and me!
If we do not forgive, a terrible root of bitterness grows and takes over every facet of ours lives, even causing some to shipwreck their faith.
Lord Jesus told Peter to forgive 70×7, which essentially means to forgive always, even if the other person never changes or repents. FORGIVENESS is a gift mostly to yourself. If we have heart problems medically, we go to the doctor, to get our hearts healed so we can be healthy again. Doctor JESUS gave us the ultimate prescription “FORGIVE”.
Is it easy? No, sometimes our hearts hurt so much! I found that the best solution is studying the WORD of GOD and allowing HOLY SPIRIT to imprint Truth into my soul, (mind, will, emotions). Then, I choose to forgive. When I make this choice Lord JESUS brings HIS great power (Grace) and does heart surgery. I have experienced this healing miracle countless times in my life.
On another side, if we choose not to forgive a disease of bitterness grows in our heart. The sickness will defile all your relationship and most of all our relationship with Father GOD. A person can become very critical frequently dwelling on the hurt. This infected heart becomes the devil’s playground; he will plant all kind of lies into our head, to which we cannot combat. I have seen people so consumed with bitterness that their countenance becomes hideous, and no one wants to be around them. There is no joy or peace with a bitter and unforgiving heart.
You are blessed when you get your inside world (your mind and heart) put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
Has there been a time in your life where you were hurt and chose to forgive, and how did you come to interrelate with the person you forgave?
Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-14, 18:21-35, John 10:10, Matthew 5:7, Colossians 3:13, Luke 23:34, Hebrews 12:15