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FORGIVENESS

JANIE LOVEJOY

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

There isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t been hurt by someone. Imagining yourself forgiving the person who has wronged you is like imagining yourself going skydiving without a parachute. The person doesn’t deserve your forgiveness, the person hasn’t even asked for your forgiveness, and you don’t know how forgiving the person will fix the issue. But the thing is, that none of us are deserving of forgiveness. We deserve eternal separation from God because of all the times we have wronged him; but that’s not how he sees it.

You’re forgiven. It already happened over 2000 years ago when Jesus died for you. He took everything you did or ever will do on himself. So if God, the creator of everything, can forgive us time and time again, who are we to not forgive others? When you withhold forgiveness you only hurt yourself by bringing more pain, anger and bitterness into your life; and nobody has time for that. It may be ridiculously hard to forgive certain people, especially if they have really hurt you, but know that when you do forgive it will bring you freedom. Forgiveness doesn’t always heal the issue, that is between God and that person, but it does bring peace of mind and healing for you.

QUESTION 1. Who in your life are you refusing to forgive?
QUESTION 2. Why are you scared to forgive this person? Is it a source of revenge for you? God is a god of justice; He will take care of it.
CHALLENGE: Put away all your pain and hurt that comes with not forgiving someone by going out and actually forgiving. And next time you feel like you just can’t forgive someone, look to Jesus; he forgave you first.