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FORGIVENESS – When we forgive someone it means: to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); to give up all claim on account of; to grant pardon to (a person); to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one’s enemies. I don’t think any of us REALLY grasp the full IMPACT of the action of forgiving others for what they have done to us personally or otherwise. The TRUTH is that our act of forgiveness towards others is what opens the door for God to forgive us. When we CHOOSE to NOT forgive others it actually cuts us off from that forgiving flow of mercy God shows to us. Look, God’s overwhelming mercy to forgive us for ALL of our sins, shortcomings, actions, and attitudes is always flowing. However, OUR CHOICE to “forgive someone or not” is what ALLOWS or BLOCKS that continuous flow.
“Well, I simply cannot forgive or forget what that person did to me!” Yes you can. If not, God would have never told you to forgive others. He will never tells us to do that which we cannot do. The thing to do is CHOOSE to love that person the way you would love them if they had not done that thing at all. “Yeah, but they DID do it!” No, no, no….remember forgiveness is to give up all claim on account of; to grant pardon to a person as if it never even happened. So, if it never happened, it’s OVER, DONE, FINISHED. Love ’em like you loved them BEFORE it happened. Maybe these verses will help.
For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 AMP)
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:14-15 MSG)
Finally, watch what Tyler Perry has to say about forgiveness.
You can do it. Remember, God’s LOVE abides inside of you. Allow that love to flow through you to others, even others that did you wrong. It’s a choice. CHOOSE to forgive and watch what happens in YOUR life.
I love you wonderful E-quippers like crazy!!!