Forgiveness is at the core of our relationship with God.
“God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” — Psalm 103:10
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” — Isaiah 43:25
God is willing to forgive any person of any wrong. No sin is too heinous. No failure is too grand. God is rich in mercy and quick to forgive.
Forgiveness should never be a one-sided experience. We who have been forgiven of much should be willing to forgive others. Anyone who has taken inventory of all that Jesus has forgiven in him or her will naturally forgive others of hurt inflicted.
When we hold on to wrongs
When we refuse to forgive others of wrong we place ourselves above God. How can we who have been forgiven of so much refuse to forgive the sins of others? How can we ask the perfect God to forgive us of our sins against Him when we refuse to forgive others who have sinned against us?
Surely that’s what Jesus meant when He said, “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15).”
3 Suggestions for forgiving others
I have three simple suggestions for anyone struggling with forgiving other people for the pain they inflicted.
- Reflect upon your past mistakes that Jesus has forgiven.
- Reflect over what Isaiah meant by, “God remembers your sins no more.”
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive others today and in days to come.