Title: HOW DO I FORGIVE?
Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.Luke 7:47
First of all, I’m super excited and grateful to announce the great strides being taken by this devotional. This means that God has graced me to write a note on an inspired topic for almost 90 good days and still counting. Can you just say a word of appreciation with me to God for this? Even though there is a still 365th day target to reach, yet I’m convinced that this is a work that will succeed. And thanks to all who are making it possible to share this and stay online via financial seeds and prayers as well as words of encouragement. Also, I direct all glory to God for all that this devotional has done in your life. Remain blessed.
Now, as we continue with the issue of forgiveness started yesterday, I know you’ve been hurt and betrayed. I know that you’ve actually made up your mind to never accept again or to avenge your hurt. But, no matter what anyone has done to you, dear child of God, deep within you lies a power to forgive the sins of others and to walk free of the weight that unforgiveness brings. You can’t afford to have a life of hate upon hate, darkness upon darkness, grudge against grudge, bitterness atop bitterness. You have to choose to be the better party and forgive. It is the nature of our Father in Heaven. He forgives sins and maintains His promises to His people.
Someone might say, “Okay, I’ve decided to forgive but I’m finding it difficult to even think of the person without bias and when I see them, I feel like choking them instantly. What do I do?“
You see, Jesus is our perfect Example and we have to take after His steps. He went about healing people and forgiving offences, freeing men and women. And when He was being tortured to death and crucified, He was found pressing for forgiveness of those who were hurting Him. Later, Stephen, one of the Seven in Acts 6, would do as Jesus did when he too was being killed. This is true freedom, walking in forgiveness – Luke 23:34, Acts 7:60.
These two figures, one, our Lord and the other, the first Christian martyr, show us one of the ways to let go of people’s hurts and to truly forgive them without having any ill-feeling towards them: praying for them.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.Matthew 5:44-45, 48
It is a God-character to do this kind of thing. And the benefit of practicing it is that, you can never think evil about something or someone you’re praying for on your knees. So when next you have a hurt feeling about someone to question, confront or fight them, say a word of prayer for them: Ask God to protect and bless them. Ask God to keep them safe and provide their life’s need. The way it works is that every thought that filled your mind about that person to keep you in unforgiveness, will begin to melt away.
Like my Pastor will say, You can’t be better when you’re bitter. So, now I tell you to clear your conscience of the pain and bitterness towards him/her who hurt you and pray for their good in life. You’ll discover you’ll want to talk to them when next you see them.
Go and be free, in Jesus name,amen.