“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive other their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
We expect that God will show mercy and grace to us and forgive us of our sins, but are we willing to extend that grace to others? God wants us to forgive others and not hold them to a standard that we cant achieve either. Everyone sins and we are not to judge. However, you do have to use wisdom when forgiving others. For instance if someone is addicted to drugs and you don’t want your family around drugs. You should still pray for this person and love them. You can also be a listening ear and help them get to know Jesus, but you may not be able to hang out with them.
God instructs us to forgive others and pray for those who hurt us. This can be difficult at times but nothing is impossible with God. The best thing you can do is pray about forgiveness. God will show you the right path. Holding onto anger only hurts you. Letting go will bring you peace and happiness. Think of the saying “WWJD”, “What would Jesus do?” How would He respond? As Jesus was being crucified He said, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Even in the mist of being tortured He prayed to His Father to forgive them. We as human will never be as perfect as Jesus but we can strive to be better. Sometimes it can be hard to forgive but with prayer and time you can forgive.
When you have made mistakes did you not want forgiveness? What if you didn’t receive it? How would it make you feel? Forgiving someone may be what they need to hear to move on from a situation. You never know how this could affect their life. Watch God move in your life and theirs life too.
Please consider praying for and forgiving those who have hurt you.
Do you have people in your life who have hurt you? Have you forgiven them? Here’s a good way to test it. When you talk about this person are you reliving the emotions? Do you begin to feel angry or say negative things about this person? This is something you should pray about. Once you have forgiven someone and let it go these things will no longer happen. God cares about our relationships and wants us to BE love. He wants us to be Christ-like and holding onto anger is not a heart of Christ.
An example of forgiveness in my life is related to my father who I haven’t talked to in 13 years. I wrote him a letter because God asked me too. He didn’t write me back but through the process of prayer and obedience to God I was able to get out my feelings in the letter and forgive my father. I still pray for him now and I don’t feel any anger towards him at all. You can have this too. It may happen in a different way but let God lead you and you will be amazed at the freedom He will give you.
What tips do you have for forgiving those who have hurt you? How do you feel differently when you talk about them or the situation? Please share your stories and inspirations for others.