|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “If you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you “—Matthew 6:14|
The Greek word for forgiveness used in the New Testament means “to give up the right to something” hence, to give back your right to redress or grievance. To offer forgiveness and yet hold a grudge against someone is really not forgiveness at all. Man’s forgiveness is marred by his hesitance to forget; God’s forgiveness is complete. On one occasion, Peter asked Jesus, how often am I to forgive my brother if he goes on wronging me – as many as seven times? Jesus answered, Not seven times but seventy times seven – Matt. 18:21-22. In other words, never stop forgiving!
Forgiveness never comes easy, but it is an absolute must if we are to free our lives of hatred and revenge. Forgiving each other comes so much easier when we remember that God has extended forgiveness to all who will receive Him. If you expect His forgiveness, treat your fellow men as God treats you. Try it; make it a daily part of your life. You will be better for it.
If you are thinking, I just cannot forgive, may I share a formula for forgiveness that never fails. Begin to earnestly pray for the one who has hurt you, and soon you will discover God’s grace to forgive – and forget.