FORGIVENESS IS A MUST, NOT AN OPTION
Forgiveness is one of the difficult element for many Christians to exercise. Many followers of Christ finds it extremely difficult to practice forgiveness. But when it comes to forgiveness in Christianity, it is not an option for the believer, but a must. This is what Colossians 3:13 say, "Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."
There are many reasons why one may choose not to forgive but non of these reasons may actually heal the wound or the damage caused. To say that forgiveness comes easily is not being realistic but however, is possible to forgive. The question may flash your mind, 'why must I forgive him or her after causing me such pain?' The answer is simple, because you bear the image and the nature of God.
When Scripture talk about man being created in the image of God it simply mean God deposited his attributes in man and one of God's attributes is forgiveness. In Salvation history, God has been active in forgiveness and has demonstrated his love for man. Here is what Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Jesus' teaching on forgiveness is something Christians must deem with high importance because failure to adhere to comes with serious consequence. Jesus said in Matthew 6:15 "But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." When we refuse to forgive others, we empower God not to forgive us and Hebrews 10:31 warns us about the danger of falling into the hands of God - "It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
Dear reader, you may have thousand reasons not to forgive your mother, father, brother, wife, husband, sister, your best friend, etc. But unfortunately, the word of God supersedes all of your reasons giving you no option than to forgive. Do you know that forgiveness brings healing to the wounded spirit?
I pray that you find the strength and the grace to exercise forgiveness today to fulfill the law of Christ, Amen!
Next time we shall look at what true forgiveness is.