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Forgiveness

When you forgive someone who has wronged you, it’s an act of kindness to yourself. Carrying the spirit of unforgiveness will eventually weigh you down, it will kill all your dreams and aspirations because you are delaying and cheating yourself out of God’s blessings He has prepared for you.

Unforgiveness takes you to a place of resentment and bitterness. When you carry bitterness, it weakens you and destroys your inner peace. You are not doing the people who have wronged you a favour when you forgive someone, but rather yourself.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ” Lord how many times shall l forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered l tell you not seven times but seventy – seven times”. Matthew 18:21 NIV

Some of us think that in order for us to forgive those who have wronged us, they need to come and apologize for all their trespasses, but Jesus is not urging us to do it in that manner. In fact, some people may not even realise or admit to their wrongdoings but God’s answer to Peter encourages us to keep forgiving because it will produce a sweet flowing stream of peace and joy in our lives. We can do it sisters; we can live a life of happiness by practising forgiveness. We may fail to understand the paths that have lead others to hurt or betray us, you might even feel that I am writing this without understanding the hurt you’ve faced, but believe me, I have felt pain too and been left with the bruises. I still choose to forgive because when I ran to the Lord, He told me that unless l forgive them and all that has been done to me, l will never be happy and those wrongdoings will continue to torment me. I then realised that the quicker l learnt to forgive freely, the sooner l was going to be free and receive God’s blessings upon my life.

Praise the Lord, I my soul and forget not all His benefits who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. – Psalm 103: 2-4 NIV

God forgives and forgets our sins. As we are forgiven so we ought to forgive- it’s not by mighty nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord. It will not be of value if we want to be forgiven and yet we don’t forgive others of their trespasses. I hear a lot of people saying it’s not easy and it doesn’t come naturally, but God gives us the strength to forgive. From today, no matter the pain caused, let’s vocalize forgiveness, by saying it with your mouth and actions, and you will surely see a tremendous transformation.

Say this, I’m a child of God and I’m filled with His unfailing love, so l find it easy to forgive and forget what others have done in my life, I’m free in Jesus name.

1 Comment
  • Petronella Mapeta-Chinamora
    Posted at 09:12h, 06 October Reply

    Amen and powerful. I have learnt that if l forgive l get more strength🙏

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