Christian’s are supposed to be forgiving because God is. In the words of Charles Stanley, “We are to forgive so that we may enjoy God's goodness without feeling the weight of anger burning deep within our hearts. Forgiveness does not mean we recant the fact that what happened to us was wrong. Instead, we roll our burdens onto the Lord and allow Him to carry them for us." This quote helps better understand that I don’t forgive because it natural, but instead because God forgave me. I need to forgive by faith until God’s work is done. This relates to sacrifice in the fact that I can sacrifice my own feelings, in order to let God do His
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It’s hard to have to bite the bullet and forgive someone who might have caused us so much pain, but it’s worth it, because we are then free of the pain that that person caused us. At the end of the day the pain held inside doesn’t hurt the person who inflicted it, it hurts us. When we forgive we release ourselves of that pain, we become the bigger man. People need to be able to forgive someone as quickly as they expect for God to forgive their sins they cause every day. Matt had to face one of his biggest demons while with God. He had to forgive the man who took his child away from him. It was almost impossible for him to say that he forgave the man but when God told him that he was not a judge and to let go of the pain inside of him, Matt questioned how he could just forget what the man did so easily? God told him that forgiving is not about letting go of what people do but it is, instead setting himself free of being a judge and letting God take care of the pain and right to judge someone. God told him that he can forgive but that didn’t mean that he had to forget what he did to his family. Letting go of the pain inside of himself was worth forgiving the man, he may have needed to say he forgave the man a thousand times the first day, God said, but soon it would of gotten better for Matt (Young, 226-228). When we get hurt it’s hard for us to forgive the person who hurt us but we still have to forgive in order to move
Forgiveness is something I have struggled with over the past few years. My dad cheated on my mom for six years and when I found out, I felt it was best for him to deal with the consequences. It was hard to compensate how someone could do something like that to their family. I didn’t understand why he continued the sin for so long. I’ve always thought it’s better to let one suffer for their wrong doings, but I was wrong.
He continues, “That’s because it is impossible. Try as you may, we are completely unable to genuinely forgive others, in our own power. That is why there are so many of us, wandering around in the confusion of saying we forgive, but still holding on to those offenses, and that inner turmoil is holding us back in our Christian walks.”
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15) In today's world there is not a certain “type” of individual that struggles with forgiveness of themselves or of others. Since there is not only one “type” of individual that struggle with forgiveness there are many individuals that struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a very difficult thing to do with others sin against you. Unfortunately many individual along with many communities have a difficult time with the concept of forgiveness both receiving and extending forgiveness. God is the only community that does not struggle with
You have heard the term forgive and forget, yet what is forgiveness? The book definition of forgiveness is an action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. When you forgive a person you stop being so vexed or resentful towards anyone for each error they have done to you. Forgiving is the first step to finding peace in an unwholesome situation that has occurred in your life. For example, a drunk driver strikes your car and you wind up paralyzed from your waist down. You have two alternatives, you can despise and feel anger towards the person and be miserable, letting it destroy one on the inside or forgive them, feel tranquility and work on rebuilding yourself. You can continue to blame them for their actions and dislike them, not be joyous and undergo bitter days or pardon their mistakes. You are not responsible for their choice of action, nevertheless accountable for how you respond to it. It is not easy to forgive, though, it is worth it.
Jesus clarified that there is no law one must follow to be saved, there is no rule one must obey to be saved. Jesus told this man that because of God’s love of every man, and every person in the world, he sent his son to die on the cross to take away the sins of the world, he so deeply loved. Jesus stated that this forgiveness, this salvation, this redemption is open to all, and like Moses in the wilderness, all that look and believe will be saved. Those that choose not to look, or those that look but do not believe, will not be
Forgiveness is a gift given to someone who does not necessarily deserve it. It is not an instant decision given without thoughts and considerations. Rather, it is a process that is separated into different stages. These stages can happen so quickly that sometimes people don’t even realize that forgiveness is a process. Many times I have found myself in situations where it is difficult to forgive. For myself, this is when someone is not resentful for their actions. Although difficult, I believe that forgiveness is the only outlet for me to overcome anxiety and
“For 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, NIV) Husain Haddawy’s The Arabian Nights discusses many situations in which individuals learn to forgive others for the wrong that they have done against them. The Bible refers to the idea of forgiveness as an act not only for the person that has wronged you but for yourself; in order to grow, we have to forgive because if we do not, God will not forgive us. Haddawy’s literary work emphasizes the importance of forgiveness through the stories relating to the Demon and King Shahrayar.
When I opened my yearbook, I began to reminisce about my half year of high school in China. As I flipped through the pages of the yearbook, a picture of an old man with a benevolent smile caught my eyes. Daydreaming about the incident, my eyesight became hazy, and I felt my hands becoming swollen, which always refreshes my memory of his profound words.
Forgiveness is the act of releasing an offender of any wrong or hurt they may have caused you whether they deserve it or not. It is a decision to let go of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group of people. When we choose to forgive, we’re wiping the slate clean, cancelling a debt, or as I love to say, “Letting it go.” In the Bible, the Greek word for forgiveness literally means to “let it go.” This concept, “forgiveness,” is easier said than done. Majority of people find it very difficult to let go of offenses and hurts caused by others. I really do believe that most people desire to let it go, but we lack the knowledge of how to do it. As believers, we are instructed by God maintain an attitude of forgiveness.
The substance of forgiveness is known to be an important thing and concept in the teaching of Jesus. In the Bible, Jesus has made it clear that unforgiveness is known to be a serious sin nurtured in the heart. As per Jesus Christ, it is said that the person needs to be forgiven even if a serious problem is caused due to him. If not, even we would not be forgiven from God. As per Jesus, if you forgive the sin done by the people, your heavenly will also forgive you if you have committed any sin. We would always want the heavenly father to forgive us for whatever wrong things or the mistakes that we do. In fact, we always think that it is the duty of God to forgive us. However, we never consider that the degree of offence we have done. We always think that he is the God and it is his prime duty to forgive us no matter what we do. But if somebody does the same thing to us, we always feel that it is not important to forgive them we think that we should not let them go just by forgiving them. Hence, the most important thing that needs to be considered here by us is that we should learn to forgive people (...