Choose To Forgive
Wednesday February 26th, 2020
Life has a way of causing and storing a lot of pain and hurts. If we don’t do something with all those accumulated hurts, they just get packed into our emotional suitcases and stuffed in the upper floor of our lives. If we really want to move forward in life, we need to choose forgiveness and forgive those who have hurt us.
Many of us think that deep down, we are absolutely stuck with our emotional baggage from the past, but this isn’t true! God hasn’t given us the capacity to carry so much pain within us. He doesn’t expect us to store it or ignore it. He wants us to let it go! The older we get, the more we realize that we’ve got to become skilled at forgiveness. If we want the kind of life that God promises us, we must find a good way to deal with the wounds that happen to us and the weights that life heaps upon us. We must choose to forgive, and learn how to do it.
The word Forgiveness is used 143 times in the New Testament. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus says that “if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Jesus isn’t warning that you only get forgiven if you forgive, but He is saying that people who receive forgiveness from God becoming increasingly more forgiving of others. The ability to forgive is a gift from God. How beautiful is that! If God makes such a big deal about forgiveness, we need to treat is as a major deal too.
There is much blessing in forgiveness. Choosing to forgive is one of those choices that will change your life forever. One day you will look back on your hurt and say, “I’m free.”