Forgiveness Is The Key
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, I will tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
The word forgiveness is one of the most used words in the Bible, and has several different meanings depending upon its use. One meaning is used to describe the forgiveness of our sins, if we turn our lives over to Jesus, and trust Him for our salvation. Another meaning of forgiveness, is where we are asked to forgive others who have done wrong to us, injured us in some way, and the process of putting this in our past, and letting go of the hurt, and not holding this against the people who hurt us.. This is one of the more difficult things to overcome in most of our lives, but if we are not able to overcome this obstacle, it will be difficult for us to have the real peace and joy in our lives that we are looking for. Not being able to forgive others will prevent us from having the relationship with God that we want, and receiving all of God’s blessings. It is so easy for all of us to make excuses, and use the phrase, “it’s not my fault”, to describe our current situation. I know if may be hard to forgive someone who has done an injustice to you, hurt you and injured you in some way. However, the only way you can get on with your life and be happy with yourself, is to forgive these people that have harmed you. When you don’t forgive, you’re not hurting the other person, and you’re not hurting God. You’re only hurting yourself. If you want to have the happiness in your life that God wants you to have, you must forgive. Forgiveness will relieve your hurts and pains of the past. It will bring back the happiness and joy in your life. If you carry around bitterness, anger and resentment against someone, you will never be free for God to work in you as He wants. Once you decide to release the bitterness that you have stored inside, you will then be able to reap God’s blessing for your life. It’s up to you, however, to go the extra step and decide that you want to let go of the past, and forgive and forget the past disappointments and hurts. Only then will you be able to receive God’s full blessings. Bitterness and pent up anger against someone that you have not forgiven, will keep your prayers from being answered. In the scriptures, Jesus tells us that if forgive others that sin against us, He will also forgive us. Matthew 6:15 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” What better reason do we have to forgive others so that our sins will also be forgiven? In all of our lives, we have all had negative things happen to us. These could have been last week, last month or years ago when somebody has hurt us. Too often, instead of letting this hurt go, and giving it to God, we’ve held on to it. We haven’t forgiven, and now we are faced with the negative attitudes, and not having the peace and joy in our lives that we should have. We must release all the pain and hurt from inside us, and not let what happened in the past affect our future. We need to trust God, ask Him to help us forgive others, and release the hurt and pain from our life, and get back our positive attitude, and the peace and joy that we need. We must learn to forgive to be free. Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option if we want to live a happy life. Is there anyone that you hold bitterness in your heart against, and need to forgive? If there is, today is the day that you need to forgive them. Don’t keep God’s blessing from flowing in your own life by your lack of forgiveness to others.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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