One of the hardest things to ask the human heart to do is forgive. Letting go of past hurt and forgiving those who have hurt and betrayed you. It’s not an easy thing for one to do and no one forgives overnight. For many years, I thought forgiveness was a myth. I did not think it was possible. Even though I was in Christ, heard tons of sermons about forgiveness, I just did NOT believe it was something I personally could do at the time. I was filled with malice towards those I felt had wronged me. I wanted to pay them back with evil. I wanted to hurt them in the worst way possible. I was angry and did not want to forgive them. I didn’t feel they deserved forgiveness for what they had done to me.
Then I realized refusing to forgive those who had hurt me was blocking my blessings AND the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in a heart where malice and bitterness resided. I started to pray about it. I have spent a lot of nights crying and asking God why me? I didn’t deserve any of this. But I also spent a lot of nights laying those hurt at the feet of Jesus. I did it so much I don’t know even know when I was set free from those I held captive in my heart for years.
Friend, are you struggling to forgive today? Here is what the Word of God says,
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The scripture indirectly addresses forgiveness. You ought to live at peace with everyone. There will always be the one-off situations. But even with those situations, Christ calls for you to love them. You can love others from afar. You can forgive them but use wisdom when dealing with those individuals. You don’t need to hate them. The Lord said if your enemy is hungry still feed them. Friend, did you notice while Christ was on the cross, He forgave those who crucified Him?
Jesus realized the only thing that was keeping Him from entering the kingdom of God was forgiveness and He forgave all those who persecuted Him. It wasn’t easy but He did it. All the hard work He had done on the cross for you and I would have been for nothing. You were on the mind of Jesus so He chose to forgive.Refusing to forgive others can keep you from your blessings and prevent you from entering the kingdom of God. That is the power of forgiveness. No one deserves your power.
When I began to release the people I had held captive in my heart for many years. Doors began to open for me. Happiness began to dwell in my heart. Honestly, it’s been so long I didn’t realize I let those people go. I’m more at peace in my life. I’m not bothered by who does not speak to me or love me.
I’m just like eh whatever!
I’m over it.I use to think, forgiveness meant giving the other person power over you. Click To Tweet
Thank God this is now a thing of the past for me. I have finally learned to let go and let God. I feel so much lighter and so much more powerful. I use to think, forgiveness meant giving the other person power over you. But it meant taking back your power from them. You’re not forgiving them for them, you’re doing it for YOU!
Forgiveness means to release the person from your grip hold. It doesn’t make you weak. They don’t deserve to have control over your life. I want you to understand, when someone hurts you they draw power from you and when you don’t forgive they keep the power. Friend, they don’t deserve to have such power over you. In fact, no one does. They’ve done enough damage in your life. God has given you power and when you choose not to forgive others, you’re allowing them to access the power God has given to you.
So many people struggle with forgiving others. There are people who are holding on to grudges and bitterness with people who are dead and gone. They refuse to release them from their heart. That’s a dangerous place to be. Because the dead can’t do anything for you. You will never get to hear the word “I’m sorry.” The time has passed. Friend, you may not be able to forgive, but God can give you the strength to let it go today. If you desire to release anyone you may have in your heart today. I encourage you to pray to God and ask Him to give you the grace and strength to forgive. There is no need to continue to block your blessings from flowing. God can set you free from resentment, bitterness and hurt. If you desire to release the person you have in your heart today, click to access the prayer for forgiveness in my prayer library.
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