When it comes to discussion surrounding the Power Of Forgiveness, it’s theoretical aspect as a topic is much more thought and discussed than it is actually put into practice. The reason behind this is a certain percentage of humans find it more challenging to forgive others depending on the circumstance. When it comes to losing weight and exercising, people know the benefits, so they talk about it, but when they have the opportunity to put it into practice, it’s easier said than done.
However, as Christians, we cannot take the subject of forgiveness with levity because it is central to the Gospel message. The plan of redemption for humanity depends on it as well as sustaining our salvation. It is essential that we understand why we need forgiveness, the benefit of forgiving, how we receive the power of forgiveness, and why we need to extend it to others.
Who Needs Power Of Forgiveness and Why?
What is Forgiveness?
The definition of the word “forgive” is “relief or pardon from guilt, liberation or freedom“. This aspect of forgiveness – pardon – is something that is highly needed for anyone born into this world. The Bible teaches in Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” Verse 23 of the same chapter gave further explanation, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;“.
Sin is a common problem; It all started when our first parent Adam and Eve, disobeyed God. Every man born since then (except Christ) was born a sinner. Humankind needs a solution because the Bible teaches us that no unrighteousness or sin or unclean thing will enter the kingdom of God. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” 1 Corinthians 6: 9. The only solution out of sin is repentance through the blood of Jesus Christ. One of the Psalmist songs (Psalm 103: 12) says – “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.“
Need to Forgive
Being a law-abiding citizen will only give you an outward appearance of being ready, but it does not equip you for heaven. Only when our sins are forgiven and eliminated, then can we be qualified to enter into the Heavenly places.
A lot of people do not realize that forgiveness is one of the key attributes needed by a christian to enter into Heaven. A lot also believed that as long as they do not mistreat their spouse or neglect their duties, like paying taxes, they are ready for Heaven.
In contrast to this, the Bible in Isaiah 64: 6 teaches that “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags“. Being a law-abiding citizen is one of the fundamentals of a true Christian, but it is not the basics for entering into Heaven. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – “Revelation 20:15“. Only when our sins are forgiven and eliminated can we enter Heaven.
The need to obtain forgiveness does not end after our sins have been pardoned. This is because moral perfection, and having a heart that is right with God – do not result in human perfection. There will be times when regrettable words will slip out of our mouth. This is one of the reasons why we must seek forgiveness continuously. There will also be circumstances when we need to extend forgiveness because there will be times when others will hurt us. Forgiveness can also be defined as: “Stop allowing resentments; the right to let go and give up thoughts of revenge“.
The Bible teaches that this phase of forgiveness is inevitable in the life of a Christian. We must forgive others for their trespass against us, and we must be willing to apologize and make good for our offenses towards them. Christ emphasized how important this was when he taught his disciples to watch and pray. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” – Matthew 6:12; 14-15.
The Importance & Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness Gives A Happy Life
We all want to be happy in life. We all go the extra mile to make our lives much happier. Sometimes we fail, and sometimes we don’t get to attain this happiness to the fullest because of the grudges we keep within us. As long as we still have resentment and anger in us, we can never find true happiness in life.
We may even be bothered by the thoughts of revenge. If you have been hurt in your previous relationship, you may find it difficult to be happier in your next relationship unless you have forgiven about the memories of the past. This is what true forgiveness entails.
Forgiveness Works Wonders
In fact, the power of totally forgiving the people that once hurt you can work wonders in your life. It can reduce stress and make you a positive person. Forgiving can also create a stress-free environment for you. It can also help you avoid anxiety and depression, and of course, it helps you live a better and happy life.
Forgiveness Eliminates Anger
Forgiveness can also get rid of the deep-rooted anger and bitterness that you keep to yourself for a long period. You might believe you are living a happy life, but the feeling of anger and bitterness will come back whenever you see the person that hurt you. If you forgive him, you will avoid being overwhelmed with anger and hatred. If you have a clear heart and an open mind by forgiving the person long ago, you will not be negatively affected whenever you see such individual again.
Remember that forgiveness is not just for the person who asked for it, but significantly for you. Your anger and hatred do not have much of an impact on the person who hurt you. Instead, you hurt yourself more. You are denying yourself of living a better and happy life.
To appreciate the power to forgive someone who has hurt you in the past, you need to have a look at yourself and see how you live your life with those negative feelings and resentment that you have been nurturing for years. Another way to discover how to forgive is to ask for forgiveness from those whom you have hurt as well. Of course, the sense of being forgiven can also help you to see and understand the other’s point of view.
Forgiveness Opens The Door To God’s Miracle
Lack of forgiveness prevents access to God’s kingdom and His miraculous power.
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” – Matthew 5: 23-24
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.” (Matthew 18:21-25).” And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11: 25
We Cannot Forgive On Our Own
Quiet often, our ability to forgive depends on the severity of the offense. There are times when forgiveness seems humanly impossible. In such situations, when we have the willingness to obey God’s word, He will provide the ability, the grace, and the power to forgive.
The power to forgive others can do you more good and make you focus on important things in life. It will also help you to live your life much better, happier, and more fulfilling. Without anger, resentment, and bitterness, you can focus on positive things, build good relationships, and live a wonderful and positive life.
Our ability to be forgiven is directly related to our willingness to forgive others. Forgiveness continues, and being forgiven is directly related to our willingness and ability to forgive others.
A Call To action
Do you need to forgive someone in your life? Do you have to forgive yourself?. Forgiveness is a tool of self-love. To forgive ourselves and others releases the toxicity that hinders our ability to live a healthy and meaningful life.