If there is one thing we could always use more of, it is forgiveness. By forgiveness, I don’t just mean that more apologies need to go around. I mean, let’s be honest, “I’m sorry” and “ I forgive you” can be flippantly thrown around while our hearts still harbor the root of the problem. What I am talking about is true forgiveness –forgiveness from the inside out. I am talking about releasing ALL bitterness, resentment, and jealously once and for all.
From my experience, lack of forgiveness is one of the main weaknesses in all walks of life. It may be in an organization, business, church, or classroom; either way, the lack of forgiveness tears us apart, makes us less effective, and damages God’s reputation. There is absolutely NO good that comes from bitterness or resentment –only destruction.
There is a reason God says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another just as Christ has forgiven you” (Eph4:32). If we practice forgiving just as Christ has forgiven, we would see that true forgiveness wipes away hate, restores what is broken, and imitates God’s love. I cannot see any negatives in forgiveness.
So what I would like to challenge you to do today is ask if there is anyone in your life that you have not forgiven- is there anyone that you are holding bitterness or resentment towards? Regardless of if this person is in the body of Christ or not, we are commanded to forgive, restore and love.
Who must you forgive today?