Updated: Apr 19, 2018
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15 As I read this verse, my heart quietly reminded me of the people I haven't been able to forgive entirely. There are times we feel as though we have forgiven someone entirely, but have we truly forgiven them?
I recently had an unfortunate experience with a person I held in high regards. I won't go into details about the situation, mostly because as I look back on the situation, I feel foolish for allowing that small incident get in the way of my relationship with them. To be honest, this incident bothered me for a few days. Whenever I thought of this person, all I could think of was the bad they had done instead of all the good qualities they had- which definitely outweigh the "bad".
It's a horrible feeling to resent and dare I say, hate someone. You begin to feel trapped and distant, not only from the people that surround you but most importantly, from God. And how can someone filled with hate and anger be in a relationship with Someone who is LOVE and PEACE? It doesn't work, to be in an intimate relationship both parties must be in the same mind.
SO, why should we forgive? Here are a few reasons:
- We have ALL been forgiven. Ephesians 1:7 - Forgive and you also will be forgiven. Matthew 6:14-15
- You can practice mercy and compassion. Matthew 18:12-35, Luke 6:36
- Peace of mind and heart- BE FREE.
“Although forgiveness often looks like a generous gift we are giving to someone else, it is ultimately an act of self-love and a gift we give to ourselves.” -Debbie Ford
There are many more reasons why forgiveness is the way to go. If there are any more reasons that you can think of put them in the comments- let us all encourage on another. I hope you were encouraged by this post. Remember- CHOOSE FORGIVENESS.
Sprinkles, tea, and love, Elizabeth