I am going to be very honest with you. This doesn’t come easy to me, and usually doesn’t come easy for most.
I have a problem with forgiveness. I find myself remembering the past. Then, I find myself dwelling on it. I have had some horrible things happen, but God wants me to learn from it and move on.
God does not want us dwelling on the past. And, He, for sure, doesn’t want us to have an unforgiving spirit.
Now, maybe, you’re not dwelling on the past. Maybe, someone hurt you, or someone you know, and you’re not forgiving them? Or, is it that they keep hurting you?
Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often should my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but seventy times seven.”
I’m often reminded of God’s forgiveness and how He’s forgiven me of ALL my sins. I may remember one or two or three things done to me, but God has a whole lot more He could remember that I’ve done. Yet, He’s chosen to forgive me when I least deserved it.
‘For You, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon your name.’
So, I have to choose to forgive each time I remember. Forgive and move on. It’s what God has done for us. We must forgive as we have been forgiven.
And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
I challenge you. Is there someone you need to forgive that you haven’t, or you thought you had, but it keeps coming back up?
God forgives you. Now, it’s your turn to forgive.