FIVE TO THRIVE – Forgivness

five to thrive  - forgiveness

I’m really excited to start this series mainly because it will help me more than it will help you. This post is about forgiveness, which is definitely one of my weaknesses. Honestly, the greatest truth I learned from studying the Scripture for this article is that I must forgive others because Christ forgave me of so much. Who am I to keep bitterness in my heart and hold someone else’s sin over their head when I so often sin against God and He forgives me without even having a second thought? Not only does He forgive me, but He chooses to forget my sin. How awesome is that?!

 

He is a list of the five verses I have found on forgiveness and my application for each one.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: [15] But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

This verse is the most direct verse I have read on forgiveness. It’s so straight forward and self-explanatory, but if I were to take away one truth from it I would definitely have to say I just need to keep in mind that this is not saying that God is unforgiving. This verse says that if we don’t forgive others God won’t forgive us because we failed to forgive someone else. Unforgiveness, in this case, is what is keeping us from being right with God.

 

Matthew 18:21-22

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? [22] Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

 

For those of you who like to be “smart” this verse is not saying that you should keep track of how many times you forgive someone and then when they reach 490 times of doing you wrong that your forgiveness automatically cuts off. No, doesn’t work like that. If that were the case, I would have run out of forgiveness years ago and the same would have been done to me. I just need to remember that no matter how many times someone else has done wrong to me, I have dishonored God so many more times than that. My forgiveness for others should be like God’s forgiveness to me – limitless.

 


 

Luke 6:37

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

This just goes without saying. God will forgive us if we forgive others, just like we mentioned in the first verse. But we have to remember that not everyone will follow this rule. I may forgive someone else, but they chose not to forgive me. That doesn’t mean that I should never forgive them again. I should keep forgiving, just like God wants me to.

 

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: [32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 

This list of things that shouldn’t be present in a Christian’s life starts off with bitterness. All of these things will harm our lives and we need to try our best to forgive others as soon as possible so bitterness and anger don’t have the chance to take root in our hearts.

 

Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

 

To me it seems like there is a trend with this whole forgiveness thing. We are commanded to forgive others because Christ has forgiven us of so much. Just think about it. I have no right to hold a grudge against anyone else because no one had wronged me more than I have wronged Christ. He so easily forgave me of everything I have done, am doing, and will do. Why do I find it so hard to forgive someone for something so trivial compared to my sin that sent Jesus to the cross?

 

Forgiveness isn’t easy for anyone. Trust me. I know. I am far too stubborn and prideful sometimes. The only way I can truly and completely forgive someone else is to humble myself and to realize that I too make mistakes. I need to keep in mind that God has forgiven me of so much and I should do so to others. Then, I will truly have peace in those tough situations when I finally let go of my bitterness and forgive.

 

*Bitterness does not hurt the one you are bitter against. It only hurts you.*

 

Want to see what other topics will be discussed in this series? Check out the list here!

 

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