Who says forgiving is easy?
More often than not, we tend to ask ourselves: “Why do we need to forgive?”
When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only key to dissolve that link and get free.
“For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”
1. We were commanded.
In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter came to Jesus and said, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother who sins against me? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, I tell you, but seventy-seven times!
During those times, there were Rabbi rules that allowed them to forgive only up to three times. Yet, we were reminded to forgive seventy-seven times.
2. We were forgiven.
How can we forgive someone who did wrong against us? As humans, our sinful nature urges us to get even with people who have wronged us. We want them to experience wrath.
However, Jesus himself forgave us from our sins. We never deserve His forgiveness, but we were forgiven. In return, we must forgive our neighbors too.
But aren’t we forgiving them?
Remember: The gracious people are those who received grace.
God wants to bless us through forgiving others. We release not just ourselves but also the grace we receive from Him freely and fresh.
3. We hurt more when we don’t.
Failure to forgive will hurt us more. Though forgiveness is an awkward and hard thing to do in this world, we must take the initiative to forgive. We have to give up hurtful words and give others a chance to rebuild themselves, relationships, instead.
4. We become like Christ
Our greatest goal is to be Christ-like.
The solution of this world is to seek for revenge. We must go against this world. Let us look upon Jesus as model of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the ultimate expression of God’s love for us. It does not change the past. But it can enlarge the future.
What does it truly mean to forgive?
It releases us and frees us. Forgiving does not mean that you’ll make yourself believe that there were no sins done or wrongdoings that occurred. Plainly, keep in mind that we forgive because we remember that God forgave us.
By Ptra Janary Suyat
October 21, 2012