“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.”
“…, and forgiving one another,…even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
Even when we have been wronged we are to forgive as Jesus forgave. When we think about how Jesus forgave, we may think in our own minds that it is impossible for us to forgive like Jesus. It is impossible for us through our own strength to forgive others as He forgave, but He has given us power to be able to forgive. If we do not allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our lives to forgive then we will stay in unforgiveness:
Unforgiveness keeps us stuck in the past
Unforgiveness keeps us bitter
Unforgiveness keeps us angry
When we choose to forgive we get set free from the past, bitterness, anger, and many other things that could keep us in bondage. There is nothing better than being at peace.
Forgiveness is a choice we make and not a feeling. If we wait until we feel like forgiving then we will never forgive. We have to go against feelings and let the Holy Spirit work in us to forgive.
At one time or another we will all need to be forgiven because we will make mistakes—we are human. The Bible says that whatever we sow we will reap. If we understand this principle then we can understand that in order to reap forgiveness then we need to sow forgiveness. We need to forgive people and begin to sow seeds of forgiveness so that we can reap them back.
I challenge you today to begin to live a lifestyle of forgiveness and see God bless you like never before. It isn’t easy but when you choose to let go of your reputation and pride then God will show His favor on your life.