Keeping Our Hearts Open to Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a subject that has various outcomes to people. Some find it easy to forgive while others find it difficult, but no matter how hard or easy it is, we must forgive those who have done us wrong or are “unforgivable.” Holding a grudge only builds hatred into our hearts, which hinders our walk with Christ! Though we were sinners, Christ still forgave us, so there is no excuse why we cannot forgive.

 “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”” 1 Colossians 3:13

When someone says or does something against us, we must forgive them! We don’t deserve God’s grace, but He forgave us anyways, so we must follow Christ’s example! Though someone may do something horribly mean to us or do us wrong, we must forgive them!

““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

When we forgive others, Christ will forgive us, but when we refuse to forgive other people how do we expect Christ to forgive us when we do wrong? We can’t expect Christ to forgive us when we won’t forgive others. God is a loving God, and He commands us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, therefore, we must swallow our pride and forgive.

 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

We must put away all anger, bitterness, and gossip and become kind and compassionate. When we hold grudges, we become angry, cold-hearted, and inconsiderate, but when we are willing to forgive when the other person is still being hard to deal with, we are being tenderhearted and kind, which is what we should be.

Having a cold heart does not get you anywhere. Though some may justify why they do not want to forgive, the only person it is hurting is you! When we refuse to forgive, it hurts out testimony. Christ came and died on the cross and defeated the grave so we could have salvation! We can now ask for the forgiveness of our sins, yet when someone does us wrong we refuse to forgive them? This gives the unsaved people a bad view of us! If we are thankful for the forgiveness of our sins, shouldn’t we be willing to forgive others?

We should all be Christ-like, and that includes forgiving those who you may consider “unforgivable” or “undeserving,” for we are all underserving of God’s grace, yet He still gave us grace!

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall 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 up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone, and Jesus’ answer tells us that we should be willing to forgive over and over. We shouldn’t be just willing to forgive once or twice, but we should have forgiveness in our hearts at all times.

There will be times when people hurt us in life. Some will think “Why should I forgive them for what they did,” but we all know that Jesus doesn’t ask that when we ask Him to forgive us. If we say we are thankful for Christ’s grace, then we must show kindness and forgiveness to those who wrong us too! Though it may not be easy, we can always go into prayer and ask the Lord to soften our hearts and to put forgiveness into our hearts instead of grudges! It may be difficult now, but forgiving someone is better than holding anger towards them.

 

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