As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us -Psalm 103 v 12 KJV
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning another in spite of his or her errors, shortcomings, or wrong actions. God forgives sin. He is a God of grace and pardon who sent His son, Jesus Christ to die for all humankind. Christ in his death and resurrection triumphed over sin. To be forgiven is to be identified with Christ in the full victory of His crucifixion and resurrection. His forgiveness is complete. Dwight .L. Moody once said, “God has cast our confessed sins into the depth of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot” The Bible promises that if you confess your sins to God, He is faithful and just and will forgive your sins.
In the Lord’s Prayer, You ask God to ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’. Though you are commanded to forgive others as you have been forgiven by God, sometimes you may have trouble moving from intellectual assent into true forgiveness. A friend can let you down, you might a victim of something horrible, someone you trusted betrays you etc. It is hard to forgive when you are really hurt. But it is even more difficult to forgive those who hurt or mistreat your loved ones, especially your children. As a woman, you are fiercely protective of your family, and if someone has done something hurtful to those you love, you are more ready to seek revenge than to offer forgiveness. But anger or bitterness does not resolve the problem. Iit only adds fuel to the fire.
When it is difficult to forgive, you must turn to God asking the ability to forgive. This kind of forgiveness becomes a healing gift. Forgiveness releases God to work in a situation and transform it. As long as forgiveness is resisted, you stay locked in the same situation- one adversary facing another, waiting for someone to acknowledge wrongdoing. Forgiveness is an act of pardon. When we pardon others and ourselves, God is released to create a new dynamic of reconciliation and transformation – turning a negative situation into an opportunity for positive change. The gift of forgiveness can release you from the cycle of wrongdoing and blame.
Choosing to forgive is a tremendous step toward breaking the chain of pain and entering into freedom. It takes a great deal of courage to let go of the past, release the pain, and allow forgiveness to enter your heart. It means that you have to stop judging who is right and who is wrong. Instead, you learn to look past the behavior of those who hurt you and begin to see their pain and their need for forgiveness
Every day there is a decision to make. When feelings of pain, sorrow, or anger arise, choose not to dwell in them and not to nurse old grudges. Acknowledge the pain, release it to God in forgiveness and move on. When you are tempted to judge or criticize others, choose to replace your negative thought with a more loving attitude, When you fail to live up to your own standards, acknowledge your failings to God and then release your failings, knowing that as He forgives you,so you can forgive yourself. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy’. The Beatitude are a reminder that if yo truly want to be like Christ, you must choose the path of forgiveness, just as He did.
You can choose God’s way of forgiveness even in difficult situations. As long as you hold something against anyone, you hold it in your heart as well. And when you hold anger and judgement in your heart, you keep the door closed to God’s healing power. When the situation is too difficult and complex to understand, forgiveness can release you from having to judge. And this allows God to work in the situation as He wills
Give the responsibility over to God and concentrate on doing your part to make things right. Give the gift of forgiveness as an offering to God, trusting that He will work all things together for your good. C.H Spurgeon said, ‘We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a gospel, and the very essence of the gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin’. Open the door to love through forgiveness. Let love transcend trespasses. Let love transform your relationships. FORGIVE!!!