Forgiveness is a choice we make. It is a decision of our will, motivated by obedience to God and his command to forgive. Forgiveness is powerful. The Bible instructs us to forgive as the Lord forgave us.
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”. (Colossians 3:13, NIV)
Those who tell you they don’t struggle with forgiving are lying to you, or they’re lying to themselves. Forgiveness doesn’t come easily – especially when pain rips through the heart. Perhaps you’ve been betrayed or rejected. Perhaps someone has lied about you or taken advantage of you. Regardless of the details, suffering persists. Friends sometimes imply an issue is trivial by urging, “Just get over it.” But deep wounds aren’t trivial. We might even argue that it is easy to preach but practically impossible to follow but if you’re a Christian, seeking and granting forgiveness are not optional. Jesus said that if you do not forgive others, the heavenly Father will not forgive you.
Let’s go through few Bible Verses to understand why Forgiveness is important
- We have been forgiven (Colossians 2:13-15).
- Forgive because you’ve been forgiven (Colossians 3:13).
- Forgiveness restores broken relationships (Genesis 50:17).
- Forgiveness is a path to love (Luke 7:47).
- Forgiveness precedes healing (Luke 5:17-26).
- God tells us to forgive instead of seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (Leviticus 19:18).
When you find forgiveness impossible just think of the gruesome death Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He was beaten up, humiliated, mocked, tortured, ridiculed and crucified. After all of this had taken place, Jesus called out to the Father saying “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”.
Forgiveness is one of the “key” words of the Christian faith. If God had not included forgiveness in His plan for humanity, none of us would enjoy life renewed with Him in heaven. Without forgiveness there would be no hope at all. In summary, we forgive out of obedience to the Lord. It is a choice, a decision we make. However, as we do our part “forgiving,” we discover the command to forgive is in place for our own good, and we receive the reward of our forgiveness, which is spiritual freedom. Forgiveness is powerful and essential to seek the kingdom of God.