Topic: Forgiving Others!
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! How are you all doing? I apologize for the break in posting Sammie’s Daily Dose; I have been sick for the past week. In this “Forgiveness series,” we have looked forgiving yourself, forgiving God and God’s forgiveness. Today, we are looking at forgiving others, as a continuation of the series.
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Let us get right into it…
Since childhood, we have been told that it is important to forgive others! We were even told that if we don’t forgive others we would not go to heaven! All our parents have taught us about forgiving others is very right! Forgiving others is very important! Why?
Well, first of all, because we are all sinners and God forgave our sins (in love). If God has forgiven us of all our sins, why can’t we do the same for others. God forgave us because He loves us very much. As Christ’s children, we are full of that same love. With love, we must forgive others. If God can forgive us for betraying Him; who are we not to forgive others when they offend us? That’s spreading love and living a life full of love! This, in my opinion, is one of the important ways of Christ-like living!
Also, it is important for us to forgive because Christ commands it. Yes! By forgiving others, we are obeying God’s by forgiving others. Even if you do not want to forgive others out of love, as mentioned in the paragraph above, remember that by forgiving your brothers, uncles, etc. you are obeying God. We see in Luke 17:3-4, that Christ instructs us to forgive seventy times and seven times. So always remember, forgiving others is required of us from God. As Christians, we are supposed to forgive others as many times as they falter (seventy times and seven times).
This is what God does for us! He forgives us anytime we falter. He does not select some and leave some. God forgives us of all our sins. You must forgive others of all that they have done. No matter how deep, wide or small the offenses are!
Sometimes, it is difficult to forgive others due to the trust and relationship we have built with certain people. The ability to forgive comes from God. As you take each person/ offense, present the situation to God first. Ask Him to give you the strength and ability to forgive the person. Ask Him to help you see through the situation clearly but most importantly, ask God to heal your heart from the hurt. Trust me, you would fell hurt! once you seek God’s face in forgiving others, it is easier. However, you have to make the decision to forgive. As mentioned in previous messages in this series, forgiveness lifts a heavy burden off your heart.
I would like to urge each and every single one of you, to search within and begin to forgive people one way or another. It is best to name the person; talk about the incident and talk about what kind of emotions you went through! First, have this talk with God; then, talk to yourself about it. Hallelujah!
Have a wonderful day and let God inspire you.