To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.Forgiveness is one of the most powerful acts of love we can give to ourselves and others. It is a gift that brings freedom, healing, and restoration. Yet, it is not always easy to forgive, especially when the hurt is deep and the scars are still fresh.
When we hold on to bitterness and resentment, we not only hurt ourselves, but we also block the flow of love and blessings in our lives. Unforgiveness creates a barrier that hinders us from experiencing the fullness of God’s grace and mercy. It poisons our hearts and minds, and it robs us of our joy and peace.
However, when we choose forgiveness, we break down that barrier and open the floodgates of God’s blessings. Forgiveness is not about excusing the wrong done to us or pretending that if never happened. It is about releasing the offender from the debt they owe us and choosing to let go of the hurt and pain. It is a deliberate act of love that frees both the forgiver and the forgiven.
Jesus taught us the power of forgiveness through his life and death. He forgave those who betrayed, denied, and crucified him. He even prayed for their forgiveness while hanging on the cross. His forgiveness was not based on the worthiness of the offenders, but on the depth of his love and grace.
When we forgive, we imitate Christ and participate in his redemptive work. We become agents of healing and reconciliation, and we demonstrate the love and power of God. Forgiveness is not a one-time event, but a lifelong process of letting go and choosing love over hate. It is a journey that requires courage, humility, and faith.
Forgiveness is not always easy, and it may take time and effort to fully embrace it. It may require us to seek help from others, to confront our own issues, and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, the rewards of forgiveness are immeasurable. It frees us from the bondage of the past, it restores our relationships, it opens new doors of opportunities, and it brings us closer to God.
As we celebrate Easter, let us remember the power of forgiveness that was demonstrated on the cross. Let us choose to forgive ourselves and others, and to embrace the freedom and joy that comes with letting go. Let us also extend the gift of forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and to be a channel of God’s love and grace to the world.
Forgiveness is not just a virtue, but a way of life for a Christian. It is a daily practice of love, mercy, and grace. It is a choice that leads to life and freedom. As we journey through life, let us hold on to the words of Jesus, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.Matthew 6:12