Deciding to Forgive

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Should I forgive that person? Shouldn’t I? Should I forgive them? Shouldn’t I? Should I forgive that group of people that did something awful? Shouldn’t I? Should I forgive my family who let me down? Shouldn’t I? Should I forgive the person who harmed my loved one? Shouldn’t I? Ever had thoughts like these? Or something like them anyway? Wondering if or not you should forgive? There is only one right answer, friend. It is this.

Love and forgiveness are commanded by God. We must love. We must forgive. Because the Lord Jesus Christ says so. So what do we do if we don’t FEEL like forgiving? And what if we don’t feel READY to forgive? Again, there is only one right answer, friend. It is this. We forgive because God says so. We don’t delay forgiveness. We don’t put it off. As soon as there is someone, or some people, to forgive, we must forgive. Because of Jesus. Because Jesus Christ is Lord. Because we are to OBEY THE LORD in ALL THINGS – including when it comes to FORGIVING. And so it is we must DECIDE TO FORGIVE. And FORGIVE! Now!

Forgiveness is not to be based on what others do and don’t do. Forgiveness is not to be based on what we feel like or don’t feel like doing. Forgiveness is not to be based on our timetable. Forgiveness is an act of obedience to God almighty. Enough said.

Father God, if anyone who reads this message is struggling to forgive, is hemming and hawing, is afraid to forgive, is too hurt to forgive, is refusing to forgive, is waiting for someone to apologize to forgive, etc., please Lord give them the desire, the willingness, and the strength to forgive, oh God!

You say you won’t forgive those who don’t forgive. Help us to forgive, dear God, for your sake! And please Lord lead us to repentance wherever and whenever we need it and forgive us for our own wrongdoing! Lord, we need you in this. It can seem totally impossible to forgive sometimes. But you will give us the strength, I am sure of it. So help us, God! AMEN!

p.s. Dear Lord, your Word says we need to forgive FROM THE HEART! Help us to forgive not just outwardly but right down in the deep of our heart. This means, Father, in our thoughts and feelings. So please remove from us any hurt, bitterness, thoughts of vengeance, pride, anger, all of it, oh Lord! And please forgive us for all we’ve held in our hearts that is sin against you! Cleanse us thoroughly, dear Lord, so we are pleasing to you inside and out! AMEN!

“”Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

“”For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:36

“Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”” Matthew 18:32-35

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