Matthew 6:14 (NLT)- "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."
This passage comes directly after one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible: "The Lord’s Prayer. Forgiveness is a big deal.
As Christians it should be easy to forgive others because we realize, more than anyone, how much we’ve been forgiven. Grace is freely given, so we should freely give it. If you have trouble with this ask God to change your heart and help you to forgive people who have wronged you, whether they were being intentional or not.
A practical way to do this challenge is to think of someone in your life that you need to forgive, and give them a gift or find a way to humble yourself by serving them. This isn’t the most popular idea, but it’s helped me in the past when I hit a wall trying to forgive someone.
Especially when I know that they are in the wrong. It’s okay to still apologize and do everything I can to forgive them. If you choose to acknowledge that they are wrong, but still forgive them, then let it go.
I don’t think the Bible says to: "Forgive, but never forget, so they can’t hurt you again." Even though that's what I hear from a lot of people. It's okay to guard your heart, but true forgiveness doesn't keep a record of wrongs. Jesus' standard was to forgive seventy times seven. There is a constant call to lay down our lives for others. To eat crow. In the age of “bless me, bless me”. We tend to forget that humility burns away our pride. God gives grace to the humble, but he opposes the proud. So when you humble yourself to forgive, you are also given more grace. There is freedom and joy in forgiveness.
Forgive someone this week.
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