Forgiveness. What to
Its because of this that we rarely come face to face with this whole forgiveness thing. Perhaps you're even considering surfing to another webpage right now...
It practicing this virtue. It seems that we prefer "an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth." genius however, to figure out this system hasn’t helped anyone.
I wonder if we would be more apt to expressing forgiveness if someone took the initiative and forgave us of a wrong we committed them? I would like to assume that once a person receives such a gift, that they would be far more likely to express that gift to another person.
As Christians, it’s important to remember we HAVE been forgiven already. We have been forgiven for so much more than we could ever remember or realize thanks to our Savior, Jesus.
As we experience the forgiveness He provides, the only natural response is to forgive others as well. We must not only experience forgiveness, but express it. If you and I want to live under forgiveness, we need to live out forgiveness...which is easier said than done.
Many of us don't even understand what it means to forgive. There are so many misconceptions of what forgiveness is. So as we begin to discuss this, here are some things that forgiveness is not.
Forgiveness is NOT...
1. Diminishing an offense 2. Enabling an offender 3. Denying a wrong doing 4. Forgetting 5. Ceasing to feel pain 6. Waiting for an apology 8. A one-time event 8. Trusting 9. Reconciliation (For further explanation, check out the podcast!)
Forgiveness will never change your past, but it will have a huge impact on your future.
So we've seen what forgiveness isn't, but what exactly is forgiveness?
Check out Matthew 18:21-35
Simply put, forgiveness is canceling the debt
So this week, ask yourself, who am I holding unforgiveness towards?
Lets find joy and peace in allowing others to go free, like we've been allowed to go free. Let's cancel other's debt as our debt has been cancelled in Christ.