We just celebrated Resurrection Sunday and the emphasis of forgiveness we received from Jesus taking our sins on the cross. No matter what sins we’ve committed it is nullified on that cross. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the sin, Jesus took it all for me and for you. There’s no exception to the sin, our Lord paid it all. A debt that we owed, but could not pay. I rejoice in knowing that I am forgiven and that one day I will spend all eternity with my Lord because of what was done on Calvary!
We stand in awe of God‘s goodness towards us yet so often find it so difficult to forgive others for the hurt they caused us. I realize we all have emotions, but we must look past our emotions remembering we’re all humans filled with frailties. We’re told in Colossians 3:13 to forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven you. Forgiveness is a spiritual truth to be lived out.
Forgiveness is a choice. A choice we, ourselves, must make. We can either choose to forgive and please the heart of God, or not to forgive and please our flesh. When we don’t forgive we hold ourselves in a prison. Our relationship with the Lord and others is hindered, along with our prayers. Unforgiveness affects our entire being. Our countenance changes and even our demeanor. We may think our unforgiveness is hurting the one were angry with but in all reality it’s causing our own self pain and bitterness.
Ask Jesus to give you that forgiving heart that only He can give. Ask Him to release that hurt that pains you so deeply as only He can do. God is faithful to cleanse you from the darkest memories that torment you. He will give you a fresh love that restores even the most disruptive relationship. God is Love & in His Love all fear is gone. I Peter 4:8 tells us “Above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins”. Trust Him to take all the pain, resentment, bitterness and anguish you’re feeling from unforgiveness and watch Him make beauty from your ashes!