We All Need Forgiveness!
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The Bible tells us that Jesus came for three reasons. He came to give me forgiveness, to have a purpose in life, and to take me home with Him when I am done here on earth. You can understand that forgiveness is an integral part of our Christian faith. There are a few things that are indispensable in our walk with the Lord, and forgiveness is one of them, besides love, faith, and trust. Remember that others may not always forgive you, but what is extremely important is that you go to God and ask Him for His forgiveness! (1 John 1: 1-9) When God created us, he hardwired the need to be forgiven in us all, yet some people have hardened their hearts for whatever reason, and they sometimes neither want to forgive someone nor even want forgiveness. But deep down under layers of hurt, there is a place where if possible, would be open to forgive or be forgiven. It takes a confident and brave person to ask for forgiveness, but forgiveness is not always possible without a peacemaker’s heart. What has convinced me possibly the most is the scripture in Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. I believe God’s word is true, so I trust that we must forgive others for their sins. ~ Bill Greguska
Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
Forgiveness For Someone Who Does Not Deserve It!
What is the first thing I need to do if I want forgiveness? The first thing you need to do is to have a spirit of forgiveness with others!
It is fascinating what it says in Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive our sins”.
To be forgiven by God is the ultimate gift that God has given us by offering His life for us in John 3:16. We need to confess our sins to God and ask to be forgiven. Be sure to keep a short account of our offense by asking forgiveness and turning away from our wrong doing.
Do You Need Forgiveness And Grace?
1. Take Your Eyes Off Of The Hurt And The Person. Put Your Gaze On Christ.
We can’t keep looking at the hurt and the situation and replaying it repeatedly in our minds. It is wise to fix our eyes on Jesus, then dive into His Word. Turn on praise music. Do not dwell on your problem or feelings or the feelings you have about the situation. As hard as it is, choose to think of lovely, noble, accurate, and correct things.
2. Pray For The Person Who Has Hurt You.
There is no better way to bless someone than to intercede for them. Pray for God to bless them, pray for God to grow their love for Him, and pray for God to do good things in their lives. Pray, pray, and pray some more. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you when words don’t come. Take your brokenness to the cross when you are hurt, mad, and broken. Ask Jesus to fill you with His supernatural love and power.
3. Extend Grace.
Remember the grace you’ve been shown. Ponder your own life and how you’ve been shown grace upon grace. Now, go and do likewise. What does this look like in reality?
- Letting the other person off the hook.
- Showing kindness to the person.
- Not ignoring the person.
- Not returning evil for evil.
- Bestow kindness and grace.
When we don’t forgive, bitterness and grudge take hold of us. We carry bitterness into every aspect of our lives. We grow weary and begin to die spiritually. When we look at it that way, we can start to choose forgiveness. Admittedly not many of us would select spiritual death and a turning away from Christ. Turn to Christ, beloved. Turn to Christ and be forgiven so that you can now walk in a life of forgiveness and love for others. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Lord, Please Forgive Me!!!
Letting go of hurt is what is called forgiveness. There are other types of forgiveness, such as between two people. When you think you have done wrong to anyone, you must take care of your business and ask for forgiveness. You may say, “I was wrong (with what I said or did). I am sorry; please forgive me. How can I make things right between us?”
When someone refuses to forgive, it is like drinking poison, thinking it will kill another person. Let go of all resentments and forgive others so you may be forgiven. You want to be forgiven, don’t you? It is essential to learn how to be forgiven by God and others. ~ Bill Greguska
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
- Do Christians have to keep asking for forgiveness for their sins?
- I am saved, and my sins are forgiven. Why not continue to sin?
- If I choose not to forgive others, does that mean my sins are not forgiven?
- What is forgiveness all about?
- Why do we need to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven (1 John 1:9)?
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