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Jackie & Elias DaHora

Dec 10, 2023 2:00 PM

How to Forgive

Forgiveness , deeply rooted in the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. According to God's Word, forgiveness is not just a moral obligation but a transformative act that reflects God’s own forgiving nature. The foundation for forgiveness is God’s own willingness to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” This verse not only commands forgiveness but also points to the ultimate example of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is not presented in the Bible as optional. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus teaches, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” This strong statement underscores the seriousness with which God views forgiveness. Steps to Forgiveness Forgiveness begins with acknowledging that you have been hurt. Denying or suppressing feelings of hurt and anger can hinder the process of forgiveness. It's important to be honest about your feelings before God. Forgiveness does not mean condoning or excusing the wrong that was done. It's about releasing the burden of bitterness and choosing to let go of the desire for revenge. Forgiveness is an act of the will, empowered by God's grace. Jesus instructs us to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Praying for those who have wronged us can be a powerful step in the process of forgiveness. It helps to shift our perspective and opens our hearts to God’s healing. Forgiveness can be difficult, especially in cases of deep hurt. Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Relying on God’s strength is crucial in the journey of forgiveness. Where possible, forgiveness should lead to reconciliation. This doesn’t always mean restoring the relationship to what it was before, especially in cases where safety or health is at risk, but it means seeking peace, as far as it depends on you (Romans 12:18). The Benefits of Forgiveness Holding onto unforgiveness can lead to bitterness, which harms our spiritual and emotional well-being. Forgiveness frees us from this toxic burden. Forgiveness opens the door to healing and emotional restoration. It allows us to move forward without the heavy chains of past hurts. By forgiving, we reflect Christ’s love and grace to others. It is a powerful testimony of our faith and God's transformative work in our lives. Forgiveness, as taught in God’s Word, is a powerful and liberating act that reflects the very heart of the Christian faith. It is challenging yet vital for our spiritual health and our witness as followers of Christ. By following biblical teachings on forgiveness, we can experience the peace and freedom that comes with releasing bitterness and embracing God’s way of love and grace. Prayer Dear Lord, grant us the strength and courage to forgive as You have forgiven us. Help us to let go of anger and bitterness, to heal from our hurts, and to walk in the freedom and peace of Your forgiving love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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