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Before I share my thoughts on this beautiful topic, let us remember that God would not instruct us to do something that is beyond us. If He has asked us to do something, it’s because we have the capacity to do so.
Recently a dear friend said some really hurtful words to me in a fit of anger. I was so hurt by the words he used on me, I was angry, I cried, how would he not understand me, how would he use such degrading words on me. I thought of a hundred and one ways to retaliate and announce his insensitivity to anyone that cared to listen.
But God has a way of stopping us in our tracks, I sat down and had a rethink. If I had engaged in an exchange of words, I probably would have said some regrettable words. If I had told people about it, it would have just painted him as a terrible person which he is not.
I decided to forgive and let go, he didn’t have to ask. I felt a lot better, I stopped being angry.
When we forgive, it is not just kindness to others, it is kindness to ourselves as well. When we forgive someone, it doesn’t make the person less guilty. It is letting go of the pain the incidence causes, it is denying that situation the power to determine our actions and feelings, it is giving ourselves peace of mind. Someday we ourselves will be in need of forgiveness when we knowingly or unknowingly wrong others, so we forgive in hope that someone will return the favor someday.
Do you forgive easily, without an apology, without being asked? If your answer is yes, then you are a strong person.
You are not weak, neither are you stupid. You just have a pure heart, what you are doing is not for the faint hearted.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
You will see God, you will experience Him in every aspect of your life.
Below are some of the insightful verses about forgiveness in the scriptures;
Luke 6:37 NLT
Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37 MSB
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless of course you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.
Luke 17:4 MSB
Even if its personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again’, forgive him.
Colossians 3:13 NLT
You must make allowances for each others faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:13 MSB
Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.
Mark 11:25 NLT
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your father in heaven will forgive your sins too.
Ephesians 4:32 NLT
Instead, be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Okay… this post is getting longer than I intended. I do hope we put in conscious effort to forgive quickly and give no room to grudges and bitterness. We can because we are God’s children and we have the enablement to do so. See you soon. I love you….