“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:25
One of the hardest and most liberating things to do is forgive. By human nature we like to hold on to grudges. Maybe somebody hurt or wronged you, we feel like it gives us power to hold these people hostage for their sins. But really what we are doing, is trapping ourselves in our own prisons. When we get the power to forgive someone, God gives us the power to have peace!
I know it sound cliché and maybe even impossible. How can you forgive someone who has hurt you? The problem is the tragedy already happened, so while you can’t go back in the past, you can control your future. God didn’t tell us to forgive people to be cruel to us, he told us this because he wants us to be free.
When you don’t allow people or circumstances to control you, you now experienced total freedom. What about justice? Don’t worry our God is a just God, and everyone will be accountable for their actions and sins. We don’t have to worry about convicting people, because they have already convicted themselves.
God also says we can’t be forgiven unless we are willing to forgive. Sounds like a harsh lesson but if we don’t allow God to judge others for us, do we really trust him? We need to let go of our control, and this will allow the Peace of God to enter our hearts and minds in Jesus Name Amen