'Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.' Jesus in Mark 11:25
Forgiving is hard. Yet, without it, most of our prayers are futile.
Not futile because God will be mad at us and won’t listen till we shape up. Futile because we cut ourselves off from God by being unforgiving. To forgive is to let go of a wrong you have every right to collect on but decide not to. Christians don’t collect because holding on to an “unforgivable” debt weakens us and walls us off from God’s love. God’s renewing and healing love. God’s identity is rooted in forgiving.
Too many people are in church but “walking wounded” because they will not let God in, thinking that they have to hold on to a hurt.
God never wastes a hurt. Give yours to God. God is big enough for both of you.
- Forgiving does not mean trust is regained. Trust is earned.
- Forgiving does not have to feel good. Nor does it mean old feelings are restored.
- Forgiving does not mean you were somehow wrong.
- Forgiving does not relieve others of the consequences.
- Forgiving means to move on. The debt is now God’s. (no backsie’s)