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Forgiveness Is For Everyone
All of us have been wounded in some way by another person, mentally, emotionally, or even physically. Yet, forgiveness is a powerful tool to help us experience a greater degree of joy and freedom. While life can be filled with painful events and tragedies, we can rebound and move on quickly from life’s even most difficult situations when we wield forgiveness.
CHOOSE WHAT YOU DESIRE
Unforgiveness is like torture
Unforgiveness makes us feel angry, cold, hard, bitter, and resentful. The impact of unforgiveness can be physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Yes, you may feel justified in your anger, yet you must choose what you desire – your anger or freedom from anger. In the very first book of the New Testament in the Bible, the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18: 23-35, Jesus tells a parable (story with a heavenly meaning) about a man who refuses to forgive someone even after he has been forgiven.
And Jesus describes the consequences of that unforgiveness as being like torture. When we don’t forgive, we are deciding to hold onto the offense. We focus on our pain and choose to relive the moment that offended us whenever the offender comes nearby.
DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR SOUL
By withholding forgiveness, we think we’re hurting the other person when in reality, we’re hurting ourselves.
When people withhold forgiveness or harbour resentment towards someone else, it often ends up making things worse for the person who has been wounded. One proverb compares resentment to swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die.
When we hold onto the overwhelming emotions of anger, distress and despair, we repeatedly injure ourselves and further the damage that has been inflicted on our souls.
FORGIVENESS IS NOT AN EASY FEAT
When you've been wounded by someone, forgiving them is not an easy thing to do.
Even when we understand the importance of forgiving others, forgiveness is not an easy feat. We must surrender our unforgiveness and our pain to God in prayer so that He can wash our hearts with a Word of healing and restoration. Prayer gives us a unique perspective as we align our thoughts and emotions with the will of God. If we truly understand how God has forgiven us, forgiving others becomes that much more of a priority to us. But let’s start right there. Please click to get connected. You’ll connect with someone who can help you gain a greater understanding of what it means to be forgiven by God and also help you along the path towards forgiving others.Get Connected