Forgiveness is too common a term to be considered intently. That’s what someone is thinking right now but have you ever stopped to ponder on what forgiveness in the real sense really means? Everybody can define forgiveness but almost everybody misses some points in understanding this concept. Forgiveness means to stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence or mistake; to excuse (an offence, flaw, or mistake). Peter asked Jesus how many times he is supposed to forgive his brother. In his little mind, he wondered if it could be up to seven times but to his dismay, Jesus said seven-seven times.
MATTHEW 5:23-24 (paraphrased) says if you are bringing your gift to the altar and you remember that your brother has something against you or you are not in terms with him, leave your gift there in front of the altar and go away; first make peace with your brother before coming back to offer up your gift.
Many of us are still living in unforgiveness but keep making offerings in our churches and we (in our minds) think such gifts are accepted. Jesus is the Prince of peace so you cannot claim to be a child of God but do not have peace with your brother/neighbor.
Our offerings are not accepted. In fact, they go nowhere unless and until and until we release the people we have imprisoned in our hearts.
One notable reason we hold grudge against one another is because there is a large vacuum in our heart to put a full human being(s).God’s word is supposed to dwell in us richly. If we do this, I believe there’ll be no time/ space to keep malice.
In your anger do not sin: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold… get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. EPHESIANS 4:26-27; 31-32.
When you tell someone, I will never forgive you/him/her, what do you really think/mean? When we say Our Lord’s prayer, we ask God to forgive our trespasses AS WE FORGIVE MEN THEIR TRESPASSES. You see, it’s a three-way thing: (1) you forgive him/her; (2) He/she forgives you; (3) God forgives you as you forgive him/her.
Forgiveness is a choice and it is powerful. Forgiveness produces love, devotion, gratitude, and the desire to serve and please the one who has forgiven you. A proof of this is demonstrated in how it was God’s choice to forgive us and give Jesus to die in our stead.
Please, let us all release our prisoners that we may be released.
Husband, forgive your wife and vice versa;
Parents, forgive your children and vice versa;
Brethren, forgive one another;
YOU, forgive yourself.
REMEMBER WE WILL BE FORGIVEN AS WE FORGIVE!