It’s so easy to write people off, place blame and point fingers. What if in the revealing of another’s pain and perspective it had within it the ability to completely transform our perception? Forgiveness transforms anger and hurt into healing and peace. Forgiveness can help you overcome feelings of depression, anxiety and rage, as well as personal and relational conflicts. Experiencing forgiveness is essential to your health, healthy relationships, and your mental and emotional peace. The Bible says the following:
Proverbs 17:9- “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
There have been times when division and strife occurred in my personal life due to a lack of forgiveness. Years, energy, ego, stubbornness and wanting to be “right” were the underlying factors to my behavior along with downright rebellion. God commands us to forgive in order to be forgiven by him. Ephesians 4:32 says, “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God has forgiven you”. God knows the damage that is done when unforgiveness is present.
What is experiencing deep forgiveness?
Simply put, it’s total and complete surrender. It frees you from the chains of bondage or emotional prison. When you choose to surrender to the act of forgiveness you empty your soul of bitterness, wrath, decay, hate, anger, jealousy and many other strongholds that are a “cancer” to your body, soul and spirit.
What if you began to surrender and release the sin, pain and hurt others have shown you by living according to Jesus’ example on the cross? As Jesus was breathing his last breath on the cross he whispered, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”- Luke 23:24. So if not now, when? And if not you, who? Take back your life and live in peace by seeking reconciliation and forgiveness with all mankind. Romans 12:18.
You cannot have peace without faith, and you cannot have faith without trust, and you cannot have trust without forgiveness. Therefore, choose forgiveness!
*Give yourself the gift of experiencing 52 Lessons in the My Agreements with Me for Believers workbook. Learn even more about the relationship you have with your word and so much more.