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The Bible tells us that Jesus came for three reasons. He came for you and me, to give us the incredible gift of forgiveness. This is so important in our Christian faith – a cornerstone upon which we build our relationship with the Lord. Alongside love, faith, and trust, forgiveness stands as an indispensable element in our walk with God. It’s true that others may not always extend their forgiveness towards us; however, what truly matters is seeking God’s forgiving grace. In His infinite wisdom and love, when God created us, He hardwired within each of our souls the innate need for forgiveness.
Yet sadly, some individuals have allowed their hearts to become hardened or closed off from both giving and receiving this precious gift. But deep beneath layers of pain and hurt lies a place where one can find solace – a place where the desire to forgive or be forgiven can still reside if given the chance. It takes immense courage and strength to ask for forgiveness genuinely; however, let us remember that it also requires a peacemaker’s heart to embrace its fullness. And one particular scripture has resonated deeply within my being: Matthew 6:15 Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. This truth reinforces my belief that every word written in Scripture is undeniably true – God’s promise of redemption through Jesus Christ remains unwaveringly faithful over time. What has convinced me possibly the most is the scripture in I believe God’s word is true, so I trust that we must forgive others for their sins or remain unforgiven by God.. ~ Bill Greguska
Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
If You Refuse To Forgive Others, God Will Not Forgive You!
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
Forgiveness For Someone Who Does Not Deserve It!
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)?
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Mark 11:25 ESV
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Hebrews 9:22 ESV
Indeed, under the law, almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 3:13 ESV
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:12 ESV
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
1 John 1:7 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 3:23 ESV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
John 3:36 ESV
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:16 ESV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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