Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
It's time to walk in love and in order to do this we must learn to forgive others and forgive ourselves.
Yes, it is now time to make peace with one another. Let go of the past hurts and pains that have been caused by broken and unforgiven relationships.
Many people and going day in and day out acting as if nothing is wrong and are hurting deep down within. The smiles on their face says all is well, but the hurt in their hearts are crying out for relief from the pain of unforgiveness by their offender.
Today, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to forgive others and ourselves by letting go of bitterness, anger, wrath, clamour, evil speaking and malice.
Believe it or not, but forgiveness is for us more than it is for our offender. Yes, we must forgive them, but in doing so, we are set free from the offense in our hearts and the weight of anger, bitterness, hatred and unforgiveness is released. In other words, forgiveness allows the heavy burden and weight in our hearts to be lifted.
Let go and give up hatred, wrath, anger, clamour, slander, bitterness, all manner of evil against our offenders, lies or gossip about our offenders.
We are instead called to be kind to one another and tender hearted. In other words, put the love of Christ that is within us into action by forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven us which is unconditionally.
It's time to walk in love! God commands it for He declares in His Word that if we do not forgive one another, our Father in heaven will not forgive us.
There is no way to avoid getting hurt for it is a part of life. The question is how will we respond? God wants us to respond with a heart that forgives.
We can choose to harbor pain and hate, we can choose to retaliate or we can choose to forgive. The choice is ours.
Put the devil to shame and flight today by forgiving those who have wronged and offended you.