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14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15 (ASV)
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” – Luke 23:34 (ASV)
Many folks assume that they know what the spiritual definition of forgiveness really means. Some people think that forgiveness is all about restoring the offending party to good graces. But allow me, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, to share with you a revelation about true forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not saying that things are okay when they are not and then going back into an abusive situation. It is not letting someone off the hook by saying, “You didn’t do anything wrong.” Forgiveness is not a denial that a hurtful situation exists and it isn’t denying the fact that your feelings are hurt or that you are injured. And forgiveness does not mean you accept the person’s offensive behavior.
Forgiveness is a repetitive action and requires a conscious effort to release the offending party from their indebtedness – setting them free from any obligation, punishment or consequence for their offense. It is the waiving of your right to seek revenge or restitution for the hurt someone caused you; to reflect God‘s mercy for you in your forgiving mercy toward others. After all, vengeance belongs to YHVH (Roman 12:19)
“Forgiveness is the healing balm – not for the wrongdoer – but for you – the victim and the injured.” ( Bishop O. W. Prince )
Think about it. He who was without sin suffered for the sins of the whole world. And while being unjustly crucified, he asked the Father to forgive those who were crucifying him.
Forgiving is so important to God that He made it mandatory for us to forgive others in order for us to receive His forgiveness.
If we are genuine Christians, shouldn’t we obey God and imitate our savior and forgive those who offend us?
“Life Hurts but God Heals!”
Father, I pray to You today in the name of Jesus the Christ. I realize today that forgiveness is the healing balm – not for the wrongdoer – but for me. Help me heal of the hurt and injury of the past. Help me Oh God to heal wholly and completely. I praise You for Your healing and forgiving love. I thank You for forgiving me of all of my sins against You. You had mercy on me while I was yet a sinner. Help me to remember Your forgiving love toward me as I am challenged to forgive those who have trespassed against me. Empower me to forgive those who have hurt me, cost me dearly, troubled me and injured me beyond measure so that nothing shall hinder my prayer. Help me to reflect Your mercy for me in my mercy toward others. From this time forward, I forgive all those who have offended me in secrete as well as in person; in words as well as in deeds; and I forgive them from my heart and soul as an act of obedience toward You Oh Lord and as an act of LOVE FOR YOU. I trust in Your Oversight and Great Justice. The Battle Isn’t Mine But Yours. Vengeance Isn’t Mine But Yours. Please have mercy on those who have harmed your anointed little one and have done so without repentance. Please forgive them for they do not know what they have done. This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD Jesus the Christ, Amen.
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