“For if you forgive men for their sins, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men for their sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:15
In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus shares a parable of an unforgiving servant who was forgiven much by the king because the king was moved with compassion so showed mercy but that same servant who was forgiven much, wouldn’t forgive a fellow servant for that which he owed him. The king learned of this and the king was angry he did such a wicked thing after the king forgave him. He then ordered the unforgiving servant be placed in jail until the debt owed, was laid.
Situations will arise that will cause us to be hurt by others. That unfortunately, is inevitable. However; the way we handle it makes all the difference. Do we hold a grudge or do we forgive? Okay, quick question. Have you ever said or did anything that hurt another person even if it was unintentional? Would you want that person to forgive you? I’m pretty sure you would want to be forgiven. More importantly, you wouldn’t want your inability to forgive your brother/neighbor to prevent being forgiven by your Father in heaven. I’ve been hurt many times and deeply but I learned how to forgive. I also have hurt others and have had to ask their forgiveness. I couldn’t do it in my own strength, the Lord needed to help me through each one but I did it and live a life of peace as a result of forgiving those who hurt me.
I encourage you, whatever it is that has been done to you, take it to the throne of God, leave it there and ask the Lord to help you forgive and to guard your heart against unforgiveness. No, it isn’t easy but it’s possible and it’s also necessary. For both you and the other person. So do yourself a favor and forgive. How many times? Seventy times seven. In other words; indefinitely. You’ll be glad you did. God bless you!
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