Word of the Day:Forgiveness
‘To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.’~ Lewis B. Smedes
Let’s face it, forgiveness is not easy. It is not easy because it seems unfair. If a person hurt you, your human nature wants them to pay. You might even plot revenge and in some cases even get it. But the truth is that revenge does not satisfy. It does not satisfy because it does not take away the pain of the fact that you were hurt in the first place.
The more you dwell on thoughts of unforgiveness, they become like a cancer eating you up inside and in the long run, can affect your health. It also doesn’t help since the person who hurt you could have moved on totally oblivious of the scar they’ve inflicted on you yet there you are reliving the pain keeping the emotional wounds fresh.
But the worst part about unforgiveness is the fact that God promises not to forgive those with unforgiveness in their hearts and if you are anything like me, the thought of that is quite scary. If God was gracious enough to forgive us after continuously sinning against Him and our brethren, failing to forgive others is an indication of pride. If we want to be forgiven and spend eternity with God, we should forgive others just as we have been forgiven.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you but if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”