The power of forgiveness is a topic we would be treating today.
You see, no one can comprehend the power of forgiveness. Until we know how to forgive with the whole of our hearts and make effort to let the people who wronged us see and know we no longer hold them in our hearts to do them any wrong like they did to us, to hurt them back or revenge, then we’ll never know what it means to forgive those who have wronged us.
Truth is: Some of these people are broken people, who just need someone to show them that love and compassion. Some don’t know what it means to love, as they’ve never felt it, and so they are harden at heart to the point that they can take another person’s life without feeling guilty.
How would they feel guilty when they don’t understand love? How would they feel guilty when they know nothing about being compassionate? How would they feel guilty when they feel life is nothing and that life is meaningless?
These kind of people need us to give life a meaning for them. Yes! They need you and I to show and teach them what love is all about. What it means to be compassionate, and what it means to forgive. We need to show them the love they need. We need to be compassionate by ignoring their flaws and focusing on the their good parts. They are out there. There are thousands and millions of them waiting to be reached. They are patiently waiting on us (you and I) to show up in their lives.
Would you volunteer to be that person they need? Would you volunteer to change and impact lives? Would you allow GOD use you to be a blessing in their lives? Then it starts now. It is in our hands to give love a meaning to these people.
Let’s use the life of JESUS as a perfect example for us. While JESUS was still on the Cross of Calvary, HE said:
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.” Luke 23:34 ESV
That’s how we should live, like JESUS lived. JESUS should be our role model when it comes to forgiveness. We should always forgive people not because they deserve it, but because we’ve been taught to forgive. We should forgive because most of these people know not what they do. Forgiveness is very important to GOD.
Here’s a more reason why we should practice forgiveness.
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15 ESV
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV
So let’s learn to be more forgiving, loving and compassionate as “True Love” forgives, and it holds no grudges against anyone. “True Love” forgives and forget not recalling past occurrence and/or not using it against the offender. That’s not the nature of GOD to forgive and keep our wrongs. No, GOD forgives and forget and HE does not condemn us. But the enemy keeps condemning us by reminding us of our past occurrences.
Let go and let GOD, for GOD IS LOVE.
Now, forgiving our offenders is a process. I know it might not be so easy to do that at first, but once we do, we would have unspeakable peace and joy in our hearts. We would also feel that heavy burden lifted off our shoulders and we would be glad we forgave that person(s).
GOD bless us all as we yield to GOD’S Word by forgiving those who have wronged us and also allow GOD into our hearts to heal us completely and make us whole again.