The Bible teaches us about forgiveness but is it always an easy thing to do, absolutely not. Whilst it may not always be easy to let go and forgive others, forgiveness is required of us as Christians and we see this when we read in the book of;
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
In this text you quickly realise that forgiveness is not only about how God forgives us, but also about how we forgive each other. Whilst harbouring resentment and anger towards those who hurt us may be an easy option, the bible tells us as Christians we cannot allow anger to consume us that we become slaves to it and sin in the process.
To help you this post presents three Bible verses you can meditate on that are speaking of forgiveness:
I have many times heard people say ” I forgive you but I won’t forget”, and I cringe when i hear those words because they are not a representation of true forgiveness. So, what then is true forgiveness?
Forgiveness does not return evil for evil;
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9
Forgiveness is remembering God’s love toward us;
He loved us so much that once he forgives us, its a clean slate and he remembers no more.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
So if He is capable of forgiving us and remembering no more by showing us this example and many more, shouldn’t we follow suit.
Forgiveness can be a repetitive process;
I say this because sometimes people can say they forgive you and yet every time they see you have resentment towards you and harbour anger and maybe even hate the sight of your very presence. However, we need to be able to overcome this until we are at a place where we truly forgive, forget and move on.
“Peter came to him and asked, ‘Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?’” “‘No, not seven times,’ Jesus replied, ‘but seventy times seven!’” Matthew 18:21-22
Last but not least I want to leave you with this thought …
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:25
God bless you
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