What God Says About Forgiveness
Our futures are not dictated by our pasts, which means that even though starting over can feel scary, it’s really a cause for celebration. Taking an honest look back and dealing with unforgiveness can help us move forward and unlock a new start! However, forgiveness is not a feeling (Jeremiah 17:9), and it’s not the same as trust (Colossians 3:13). It does not necessarily mean reconciliation (Romans 12:18); it often doesn’t heal in a single moment (Psalm 147:3). Forgiveness also does not mean forgetting, nor is it tolerating or condoning the offense (Ephesians 4:15). For all these reasons — and more — it can be hard to forgive someone who has hurt us deeply. But we can look to Christ, who is the greatest example of someone who forgives (Colossians 3:10-13; Matthew 18:21-35). Indeed, He has forgiven us so much — can we not do the same for others (Matthew 6:14)?
Points To Ponder
1) Who in my life do I need to forgive?
2) What is holding me back from forgiving them?
3) What is something I need to forgive myself for?