We have all been hurt by someone in the past. I’m not talking about being hurt like someone giving us chocolate ice-cream instead of strawberry. Although that person needs forgiveness, I’m talking about someone who has hurt us emotionally or physically. When it comes to forgiving someone else, that is not the easiest thing for us to do. It takes a lot to forgive someone. In reality, we are more like Jesus when we forgive. I want to share 7 life points with you about forgiveness.
- Jesus paid the debt that we owe because of our sin.
- But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. – 1 John 1:9
- Our sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross! We have a clean slate to work with.
- Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away – Acts 3:19
- When we are forgiven, God does not bring up our sin against us again.
- …For I will forgive their wrongdoing t and never again remember their sin. – Jeremiah 31:34
- Since we are forgiven, we should forgive other people.
- For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15
- Really loving others will help us to really forgive others.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
- When we are reminded that we are forgiven A LOT, that makes it easier to forgive someone.
- Matthew 18:21-35
- Jesus is our model on forgiving others.
- Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34
Now back to our wounds. We have wounds that are self-inflicted and some that are caused by others. I want you to know, time does not heal your wounds. No amount of time can go by that makes you forgive someone. Please know this: Jesus heals our wounds and uses us to heal others. When we see what Jesus has done for us, it helps us be gracious toward other people.