Some thoughts on forgiveness as the holiday season is upon us.... As we gather around friends and family, the potential for bringing up past issues is there. But let's be mindful of the importance of forgiveness so we can be the kind of loving and caring people God has called us to be.
Forgiveness can be a slow process sometimes, but if you want to be free from baggage from past hurts, freedom starts with forgiveness. Forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness is a decision you make.
The act of forgiving does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we've been injured. We don't naturally overflow with mercy, grace and understanding when we've been wronged. Forgiveness is a choice we make through our own will, but we are also motivated by obedience to God and His command to forgive.
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). Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith and trust God to handle to help us to move forward.
Almost everyone knows what it feels like to owe someone something or to be owed something. No one will ever owe us as much as we owe God for what He did for us for the plan of salvation. Jesus paid our sin debt for us. Thank God for the Cross.
And keep this in mind: forgiven people forgive others.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.