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In the month of August, I shared about the importance of forgiveness and learning to forgive in our lives.
We all have been hurt before by the actions and words of other people. So I thought the issue of unforgiveness is vital to discuss about. It took me a little while to understand that when I choose to forgive, it’s actual I am doing myself a favor. I don’t know who said this, but there is this saying that says, “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.” I mean, have you ever held some grudges before to people and you came to find out they didn’t even know they have wronged you? And while you were analyzing the entire situation, they were just having fun and moving on with their lives, or cared less how you feel.
Unforgiveness is toxic. It can poison you to do dumb stuff. We all know what anger is capable of. We all know what resentment is capable of. A lot of people have ruined their own lives and the lives of other people because they chose not to forgive and let go. Some people have developed depression just because of unforgiveness.
It’s not healthy for our mental and physical states to hold onto unforgivess. The Bible strongly insist to choose to forgive, because unforgiveness can open so many doors that can lead us out of the Will of God, and to sin terrible against God and one another.
Bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness, all of these are types of poison doors that the devil can use to tempt us to do deadly things to hurt one another.
Nowadays I have learned the meaning of words, “Choose to forgive in advance” more frequently, and about every day I am being reminded by them.
When it comes to relationships we have a choice to hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge, or embrace forgiveness and move forward.
There are so many scriptures that insist why we should forgive, and that the mercy we show others is the mercy God is going to show us. Let’s see a few examples of them.
Matthew 5:7; “Blessed are those who show mercy. They will be treated mercifully.”
Matthew 6:14-15; “If you forgive the failures of others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failures.” Another translation says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 18:21-35; “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
James 5:16; “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Ephesians 4:31-32; “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
There are so many scriptures that warn us about the infection of unforgiveness. As long as there are people, or relationships and association exist, we can’t escape this subject. It is a very crucial thing to be aware of.
As humans we are not perfect; we all have our weaknesses and flaws, therefore we must forgive one another. I don’t know about you, I have found that its easy saying than done to forgive in each circumstance, but if we constantly rely on God’s help, its possible. It is really possible to let go of things, or to look at your oppressor and say I choose to forgive and let go.
And if you can, avoid people who can put you in circumstances that may lead you to unforgiveness. The Bible also says you resist the devil by drawing near to God.
If you have been in any kind of relationship before as a parent, sibling, in marriage, or other kinds of relationships, then you know why its important to forgive. Nobody is perfect, so choose in advance that you are going to forgive.
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