More than once, I have found it very difficult (almost impossible) to forgive someone. I pray these Scriptures will help you, as they did me.
They crucified him and Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar. Luke 23: 34-36
We are able to forgive others when we understand the depth of His forgiveness of our own sins. We know that crucifixion is the most brutal kind of execution. Yet Jesus asked the Father to forgive them. He experienced heart-breaking rejection at the cross, yet He loved and forgave. Stop and think about that for a moment. Nothing we are asked to forgive can compare to His example of forgiveness. He died for us, for the forgiveness of our sins, and He asks us to also forgive.
Read the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18:21-35 (below). Jesus explains to us why we must forgive. He is telling us that since we have been forgiven for so much, we must follow His example and also forgive others.
The Apostle Paul warns the Corinthians, “I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:10-11)
Satan is a very real enemy of God’s people. In Ephesians 6:10, Paul exhorts God’s people: “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Our obedience to Christ protects us from the devil’s schemes. There may be times when you try, but you think you can’t forgive. It’s just too hard. You want to forgive and not be angry, but you can’t do it. This is the time to seek God’s help. The Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 KJV
You may not find the power to forgive within yourself, but through Christ, you can. Instead of meditating on the injustice, meditate on God’s promises. The more time you spend in His presence (in His Word, in prayer and meditation, singing His praises) the less that injustice will have power to hurt you. Your thankfulness for what Christ has done for you will joyously outweigh the wrong done to you. Understand that peace and joy is already given to the child of God. God’s Word shows us how to live in it.
Matthew 18:21-35 The Message (MSG)
A Story About Forgiveness
21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’
29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”
With Love, Cindy
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“IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH, ‘JESUS IS LORD,’ AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. FOR IT IS WITH YOUR HEART THAT YOU BELIEVE AND ARE JUSTIFIED, AND IT IS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT YOU CONFESS AND ARE SAVED. AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, ANYONE WHO TRUSTS IN HIM WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME.” ROMANS 10:9-11