Matthew 6:14-15 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.
FORGIVE= aphiemi in the greek. It means separation, putting some distance between, to depart from, to remove oneself from an association with, to leave behind, let go or send away.
The command from Christ to all of us on today is "we must shew forth mercy to our offenders if we hope to obtain mercy for ourselves from the Father."
Our kindness is to be towards those who have offended us, those who have trespass against us, those who have intentionally said evil, painful, hurting things to us, those who have intentionally done us wrong, those who plot out a plan to hurt us, those who hurt us and act like nothing ever happened, that person who may have raped you, abused you physically, emotionally or mentally.
Perhaps, it may have been a spouse that has been unfaithful, has committed adultery and now wants a divorce. Maybe it is a child who may have intentionally stolen you bill money to buy drugs, that mother or father who may have abandoned or denied you, those family members and friends who may have intentionally set out to hurt or harm you, that employer who fired you for no reason, that church brother or sister who may have intentionally rejected you for no reason.
Yes, it is our offender that God is calling us to forgive on today. Will it be easy? No! Will we struggle to forgive them? Of course! But, with the help of the Holy Spirit we can do it. Philippians 4:13-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
We are reminded in Ephesians 4:32-Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Forgiveness! Jesus is the epidome of forgiveness. No greater evidence of love and forgiveness than that which was put on display at Calvary over 2k years ago for the entire universe to see.
John 15:13-Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend.
People of God, Jesus call us "Friend". If you have accepted His forgiveness by faith through the shedding of His blood as payment for your sins, He is speaking to you. Yes, you!
Because we were forgiven, we are no longer enemies but friends of the Most High God. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!
People of God did you hear that? Jesus call us "friend"!!! Oh my, that thought just hit me in my gut! I can't stop crying. Friend? Oh God I thank you!
In His forgiveness of all of humanity, those who were, now is and ever will be born, Jesus spoke these profound words that we find in Luke 23:24-Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
People of God, WE must forgive our offender. What we must understand is that forgiveness is not for the offender but for the one who was offended. Set yourself free on today by purposing in your heart and mind that you will forgive with the Holy Spirit help.
Yes, I know you feel a need to take revenge and make the offender pay for what he or she has done to you, but the Lord our God declares that He will repay for vengeance belongs to Him and we must trust Him to do just that on our behalf.
Romans 12:19-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.
People of God, is there someone you need to forgive? Make up your mind to do it right now. Nothing or no one is worth your soul. You can do this! Not in your own strength, but in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
Without a doubt, you must believe and reassure yourself through the Word of God that pay day is coming after while for the enemy. Our enemy will answer to God.
Does forgiveness of your offender means you have forgotten about the hurt and pain caused by the offense of those who intentionally hurt you? No! Forgiveness means that you have decided to lay the matter in the hands of God who promises to avenge you.
Forgiveness releases us from a burden down, heavy heart that is full of anger, rage, revenge and unforgiveness.
If you have been and are still holding on to unforgiveness against your offender, let it go!
Unforgiveness is the bait that satan uses to keep us in a trap called "prolonged unforgiveness" and a hardened heart which all leads to an attitude of wanting to pay back wrong for wrong.
When we recognize how deep in sin we once were prior to salvation and how God out of his love for us has totally forgiven us and restored us a right relationship with Him, we should be willing to immediately begin the process of forgiving those who have offended us.
No longer allow the seeds of revenge to run rampant in our hearts and mind, but allow the seeds of "forgiveness" through the Word of God to take root in our hearts so that a harvest of "forgiveness" would spring forth from within us towards our offender.
Regardless of the offense, we can no longer allow ourselves to be held captive by "unforgiveness". Hold on to it no more!
Remember, it is we ourselves who benefit from forgiveness.
Forgive so that love, peace and joy unspeakable can once again flow through the lungs of our hearts and minds.
Keep your eyes on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Today is the day of release! Yes, release from the debt we think our offender owes us.
As people of God, forgiveness is not an option, it is a command.