Real love for the Lord and obedience to Him and true love for others includes forgiving – from the heart.
How do I know? The Bible says so! What do I mean by forgiving from the heart? The word heart in the New Testament comes from a Greek word also translated per Strong’s concordance as thoughts and feelings. We are to forgive not merely by saying “I forgive so and so”, but we are to forgive whereby we get rid of thoughts and feelings of bitterness, hurt, anger, pride, judgment, resentment, rage, vengeance, etc. and whereby we quit meditating in our minds over and again on what happened and how we feel about it and what we think about it.
How can we love and forgive? How can we be merciful? How can we be rid of the thoughts and feelings that are wrong? How can we do all this? By turning to the Lord and praying to Him to provide the love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, comfort, anything and everything we need to walk in Jesus’ love and forgiveness. And by seeking His forgiveness and turning away from any thoughts, feelings, words, and actions that are displeasing and dishonoring and disobedient to Him. We also need to seek the forgiveness of others for what we have said or done wrong.
I encourage you to read Matthew 18:23-35 in which Jesus gives us a powerful parable concerning forgiving – from the heart.
Have some forgiving to do?
Oh, Lord, what can I say? Oh, God, HELP US FORGIVE – from our hearts! I could say so much more, oh Lord, but I believe I’ve said enough. Oh, help us forgive, dear Father, AMEN!
“Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Matthew 18:32-35 KJV