Forgiveness, what is forgiveness?
Forgiveness defines as: (noun) the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven
I used to have a very hard time with forgiveness. I felt so entitled of my feelings, that I felt others didn’t matter and I should never have to forgive anyone unless I feel like it. Look at the immaturity, but I also look at my progress and see growth.
I’ve learned the importance of forgiveness and why I should continue to forgive others not matter how hard it may be at times.
Never underestimate the power of forgiveness. When we don’t forgive others, we aren’t hurting them, we our hindering ourselves from true joy and receiving the blessings God has for us.
Of course I use Jesus as my example, he forgave us over and over and over and he even died for us, why can’t I be so quick to forgive? Why must I continue to question the situation instead of forgive and move on? WWJD? (what would Jesus do?)
I have learned not forgiving someone, doesn’t hurt the person who hurt you, it actually hurts you. You have to forgive people for your health, you peace of mind, and for your over all out look on life.
Let Jesus be the example. He gave his life for you to be forgiven. He knew we would fail him but yet he still forgave us.
Easier said than done right?
PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
Prayer and constant communication with Jesus can help you with forgiveness, I mean who better to learn from than Jesus himself.
Talking with Jesus daily will get you through any situation and know that he is with you along the way and will help with healing and forgiveness.
I think too often we allow our pride and emotions to take over and the thought of forgiving someone is to far fetched, but keep in mind what the Bible says about forgiveness:
Matthew 6:15 “But if you do not forgive others of their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” NIV
I keep that bible verse close to me because I too one day would want my Father to forgive me. The gift of forgiveness is worth more than any amount of money or material possession.
If someone hurt your feelings….forgive.
If someone wronged you in someway….forgive.
If someone lied on you….forgive.
Your relationship didn’t work out…..forgive.
This holiday season, give the gift of forgiveness.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.