Why Do I have to Forgive and Why Should I Forgive?

This is a follow-up on an article I did on forgiveness and I have attached an article that my sister wrote and I am sure you will find it food for thought.

 We must all learn how to forgive others and ourselves. Please enjoy the article and search your heart!

Serrita

 Why Do I have To Forgive and Why Should I Forgive?

So many of us have endued anger, bitterness, frustration, hurt beyond words, resentment, sadness and other emotions that the heart cannot put in words.

 Whether those emotions are from molestation, rape, infidelity, life disappointments, murder of a love one, or from physical and mental abuse….the list could go on and on; however, the fact of the matter is forgiveness seems impossible.

 Even though some of us share the similar experiences, it is a reality that each one is personal!  How can I forgive such an offense or would one expect me to? The pain and suffering….tears…nights of agony, longing for some kind of relief; the endless thoughts of revenge and the realness of my life changing forever not by my own choice but because of the offender.  Do you really expect me to forgive and why do I have to forgive?

 Unforgiveness is like corrosion on a battery, thorns on a rose bush or poison in our body that eventually leads to disease and finally death.  We must forgive because we are told to forgive by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In the following chapters we will find directives on forgiving:

 Matthew 6:14-15, if you forgive others of the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.  But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Contemporary English Version)

 Colossians 3:16, Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another; Forgive as the Lord as forgave you. (New International Version)

 I’m not saying this is easy or something that happens overnight.  We must first “choose” to forgive out of obedience and because of that obedience to the Lord, we forgive by faith!  We have to admit the hurt, seek counsel and spiritual support, pray without ceasing and keep “choosing” to forgive and above all, trust the Lord with all of our hearts. 

And as Jesus sought forgiveness for His enemies that crucified Him, Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34.

 Let us pray seeking the Lord’s help and strength in dealing with past hurts and offenses that have lead us down the road of unforgiveness.  Remember, forgiveness will make us free and give us peace.

I pray the prayer of Numbers 6:24-26, 24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

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