Someone once told me, “Never pray God makes you a good forgiver. He’ll bless you with a ton of practice opportunities!”
And you know what? They were right.
Forgiveness isn’t for cowards. It’s for those who want to be like Christ.
I’m a fast forgiver, but (confession time), I’m also a fast pick-up-the-offenser!
How do you let it go?
By practicing. You need to keep letting it go whenever you “accidentally” pick it up. The voice of offense comes from the evil one, the “accuser”. The minute you hear it, you declare, “No! I choose to forgive as Christ forgives me!”
Pray for strength. “Don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:13,12
How do you know you’ve forgiven someone?
When you’re able to resist the urge to tell them or someone else how they wronged you.
When you can pray for them and hope things turn out for their best.
When regret and blaming cease.
This is what separates the men from the boys, or in this case, the Christians from the world: LOVE. Choosing to bless and not curse yanks the devil’s plans into reverse!
Forgiveness is a beautiful word
although it’s truth is most absurd.
It’s like choice seed dropped by a bird
whose grace-filled song can then be heard.
Forgiveness is costly, but it’s worth it. Just ask Christ.
Have you forgiven someone and felt a special kind of peace? We’d love to hear about it.