The Choice of Forgiveness
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Forgiving is not always an easy task. Sometimes, the person does not deserve to be forgiven. The wrong that has been committed is too great for us to forgive. Sometimes, we take on the mindset that “if” we forgive, then the person will “get away” with the offense committed and the person will never learn.
However, Jesus is very clear about forgiveness. He says throughout the gospels that we must forgive. The reason we are commanded to forgive is because Christ forgave us. It is that simple. Because He forgave our sins, we are to forgive others. We do not deserve to be forgiven, yet we are forgiven. Therefore, since we are forgiven, we must forgive in return.
Forgiveness is a choice. Once I decide I will forgive someone, even if I don’t “feel” like it, the emotions will eventually catch up, but initially it is a choice. Unforgiveness has the power to grow in me and it alone can destroy me. Allow God to take care of the vengeance. Simply obey Jesus and choose to forgive.
Father, I choose to forgive, because You have asked me to forgive others. My human nature resists forgiving. I want to hold onto to the wrong that was committed, but I know that in the long run, I will only be hurting myself. God, I pray that You will give me strength to forgive. I put my trust in You Lord, not even in myself. I am obeying You and choosing to forgive. My prayer is that You will take care of the rest of my feelings and emotions.
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