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3 Reasons to Forgive

3 Reasons to Forgive

By:  Mission Team October 23, 2020
#AmazingNation, #Anxiety, #Truth, #Wisdom, #YouMatter

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

We are consistently sinned against in this life, and until Jesus comes again that will not change. Few of us have had knives to our throats, but we have all been gossiped about, lied to, uncared for, shunned, judged, and belittled. The question is not how we avoid getting hurt. Getting hurt is inevitable. Rather, the question is: How do we respond when we are hurt? 
To put it simply, we forgive. It is the only way to face wrongs done against us with peace and freedom. If we refuse to forgive, we will stew in the offenses done against us and never move on. But why should we forgive. Below are three of the top reasons.

1.) Jesus has Forgiven You
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
God has allowed all of us to make terrible mistakes, and yet does not hold them against us if we sincerely ask for His forgiveness. On the Cross, the greatest injustice ever, He cried out, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) The one who is perfectly innocent has already forgiven us of all our sins. Why do we think we are somehow more justified than He when we refuse to forgive? Someone in debt cannot resent someone else in debt. We were born into a debt that we cannot repay. We can let up on others for the wrong they do.

2.) Kill the Shame of Others
“They will forget their shame and all the infidelities they committed against me when they live securely on their own land with no one to frighten them.” (Ezekiel 39:26)
When we forgive others, we help them forgive themselves. One of the main reasons why asking for forgiveness is so difficult is the painful shame from coming face to face with the evil done. It is hard for me to look at how I have hurt people. Forgetting about my past actions is far easier. But when the person I have hurt shows me that they have forgiven me in their heart, I find it much easier to face my wrong doing because I know it will not be held against me. By forgiving we empower those who hurt us to reject shame and forgive themselves.

3.) Open the Possibility of Friendship
“Come, let us return to the Lord, for it is he who has torn, but he will heal us; he has struck down, but he will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:1-2)
When we forgive and those who hurt us strive to change, friendship becomes possible. We were not meant to live at odds with one another. God desires us to live as a family in peace. The only way to do that is to bear the wrongs of one another patiently by forgiving and striving to make amends. If we refuse to forgive, we cut off that whole process. Life is too short to make enemies. Open your heart to others in forgiveness and wait for them to respond by making reparation. True friends know how to love one another even when they hurt each other.

Photo Credits:
"Forgive" by Ross Griff is licensed under CC BY 2.0 
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus" by Lawrence OP is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Attribution: Eugeniusz Kazimirowski (1873-1939) / Public domain

About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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