More on Forgiveness
I’m always amazed when I hear of someone so angry at another that they simply cannot or will not forgive them. What they don’t realize is that their residual anger—not matter how justified—is poison to their own souls and lives.
We all know people crippled by anger and resentment for a perceived or real wrong done by or against them. Siblings stop speaking to each other; spouses live in stony silence, or friendships once alive and warm are now stone-cold dead. There is no useful reason for living this way.
Some of the greatest burdens we bear come from anger and resentment within us. But why carry useless burdens? The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life so that we can find healing for the wrongs we’ve done and—just as important—for the wrongs done to us. Here, forgiveness is the key that unlocks hope, joy, and renewal.
It is important each day to confess our sins to Jesus. Not only does this remind us of our need for forgiveness, but that we can extend the same grace Jesus gives us to anyone who has wronged us.
I’ve been guilty of harboring pain and anger to a wrong done to me. But, much better than that, I’ve experienced forgiveness—both forgiveness for wrongs I’ve done, and for wrongs done to me. Both bring healing.
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.” Mark 11:25