Forgiveness is not something we do for someone else, but to free ourselves from unhealthy pain, anger, resentment and shame.
It is a gift to our own peace of mind, our self-esteem, our relationship with God and our relationship with others.
Luke 6:37 (KJV) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven; Get this profound truth from me, the greatest punishment you can ever give to yourself is to decide to hold onto resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.
Holding onto resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness is like grabbing a hot coal from fire, with the intention of throwing it at your offender.
The question here is, ‘who gets hurt by such actions?’ YOU, of course, are the one that gets burnt.
So, why is it that we often walk around holding onto resentment, grudges, and animosity?
Forgive anyone who has offended you.
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
This week of forgiveness I want you to find room in your heart to forgive anyone who has wronged you in anyway. God bless you as you forgive.
By: Pastor Raymond