What do you think of when you hear the word forgiveness? Does it bring to mind people, places or things that hurt you? Do you get a sick feeling in your stomach thinking about how you will NEVER forgive “so and so” for what they did?
These are common reactions until we understand forgiveness and how God instructs us in this area.
The Word of Truth, God’s Word, tells us exactly how to think about forgiveness and what action to take.
Forgiveness is not a natural instinct. More often we lash out or recoil in self-protection, or pull back, remove ourselves from the situation and reject those who hurt us.
Take some time this week to read and meditate on the following scriptures. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any area of unforgiveness in your life.
God forgives us our sins as we forgive others who have sinned against us.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. Matthew 6:14-15
Adopt the forgiveness of others into daily prayer. Make it a habit.
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25-26
How different would the world be if we practiced making allowances for each other’s faults?
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13
Forgiveness is often not a one-time deal. It is more often a process, a “layering” of forgiveness!
Then 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 18:22