Forgiveness is one of the most powerful and transformative acts of love in any relationship. There is a general saying that, “to err is human, to forgive is divine,” which is undoubtedly true in our relationship with others.
The scriptures command us to forgive others, as Christ has forgiven us. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” -Ephesians 4:32 (KJV).
This command is not always easy to obey, especially when we have been deeply wounded or betrayed by someone we love. However, when we choose to forgive, we open the door to healing, restoration, and reconciliation in our relationship.
Forgiveness is not about excusing or justifying the wrongs done to us. Instead, it is an intentional decision to dismiss the person who has offended us, from the debt they owe us. It is an act of mercy and grace that says, “I will not hold this against you, and I will not seek to revenge on you for what you have done.”
When we forgive, we let go of bitterness, resentment, and anger, which can eat away at our souls and poison our relationship. Instead, we open ourselves up to the healing power of love, which can restore even the most broken relationships.
Jesus modeled forgiveness for us in His life and ministry. He forgave those who betrayed Him, denied Him, and crucified Him. He showed us that forgiveness is not a one-time event, but a way of life. It is a daily practice of extending grace to others as God does.
So, if you are struggling to forgive someone, take heart. Remember, that God has forgiven you for your sins and calls you to extend that same forgiveness to others. Release the hurt and anger you are holding onto, and ask God to help you grow in grace and mercy, to the person who has hurt you.
As you do, you will find that forgiveness can transform even the most difficult relationship. It can bring healing, reconciliation, and a renewed sense of love and connection between you and those you love.
Whom do you need to forgive, and what steps will you take this week about it?
Father, I receive the grace to forgive those who have offended me, in Jesus’ name.