Forgiveness is mentioned all throughout the Bible. It’s a big word and an even bigger task to implement into one’s life.
In the Lord’s prayer, it is written: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” To trespass means “to go beyond one’s right in place or act; to injure another; to do that which annoys or inconveniences another.”
There will always be something that happens where forgiveness is essential to move on. We are supposed to forgive and forget how people hurt us or their trespasses against us, but it’s a hard thing sometimes.
Whether someone hurts you physically or emotionally, we’re not supposed to retaliate but rather forgive and “turn the other cheek”. In Matthew 18:21-22 it says “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
No matter how many times someone hurts you, you always forgive them and move on. It’s not always easy to do and we all usually fail at it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work on it.
It took a while but I figured out that as long as I held on to the hurt that people caused me, it kept me from being happy and weighed me down. I’ve also realized that just because I let that hurt continue to bother me, it may not ever cross the mind again of the person, that caused the pain, in order to make them ask forgiveness.
It doesn’t matter how big the hurt and heartache was; God knew there was a reason for it and that I’d heal. He knew that when I let it go, I’d be a better, richer, happier person because of it.
I pray that if you’re hurting you’ll let it go and LET GOD HEAL your heartache. He can and will if you’ll let him.
The kicker is, God forgives us – daily – and if we’re striving to love like Jesus then forgiveness should be something we immediately do to and for one another.
After all “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.