Forgiveness is not always easy. But it’s always right. Sometimes others can hurt you so deeply, so profoundly that forgiveness can seem like some pie in the sky impossible ideal. How can a compassionate, loving God expect me to forgive?
First remember, forgiveness is not synonymous with forgetting. Forgiveness does not mean trust is instantly restored. Forgiveness does not mean you continue to allow someone to hurt you.
So how does one forgive?
1. I remember that I have been forgiven by God. God Is holy, without fault. In our relationship, He was 200% correct, I was 200% wrong, yet He forgave me freely, completely with no strings attached. I meditate on God’s remarkable gift of forgiveness to empower me to forgive.
2. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me forgive. Forgiveness is a divine act. Once I choose to forgive, I recognize that I can’t on my own but the through the work of the Holy Spirit I can forgive. With me, it’s a process. Sometime it takes weeks or months but everyday, I become more and more free.
Paul suggested that when we walk in unforgiveness we are allowing the enemy to take advantage of us. Unforgiveness is a strategy the enemy uses to keep us in bondage, to keep us paralyzed. Outwit the enemy and forgive. Break free and forgive. As you were forgiven, forgive.
“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
II Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV
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