Shot off an email rant that made you want to surf the internet, literally, and delete it midstream?
Heard the words coming out of your mouth hanging in midair and wanted to push pause and rewind?
Sometimes, you just end up hurting others. Words come spilling out harsher than intended, sounding better in your head than in the air. You’re in need of an aspirin, a nap, protein or maybe just a hug.
Sometimes you mean it. EVERY.SINGLE.WORD. At least you thought you did. The momentary satisfaction fades quickly.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of one of those texts? Opened one of those emails? Listened unbelievably to someone dumping all over you?
It’s really easy and dare I say even a bit in fashion to “be offended”. I mean, we’re all self-aware now and entitled to our rights and we do have the right to be offended. RIGHT? To tell the world about what he said/she said, to turn it into a post or story or snap or tweet.
I’m so glad there’s forgiveness aren’t you?
There’s freedom in forgiveness.
God knew we were going to get offended, He knew we were going to say and do things when we were tired and hungry and hurt and He knew we were going to need forgiveness. Jesus speaks to us about forgiveness –
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”Matthew 6:14 NASB
“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”Matthew 6:15 NASB
Forgiveness is a two-way street!
And I don’t know for sure about you, but I know I need forgiveness! I have been on both sides of this forgiveness street more times than I care to admit! As much as we NEED forgiveness we must realize how important it is to GIVE forgiveness.
“Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”Colossians 3:13 NASB
“Be kind and affectionate towards one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.”Ephesians 4:32 TPT
There is freedom in forgiveness because we are all in need of it. Not one of us can ever say we’ve never needed forgiveness. We know how it feels when someone withholds forgiveness and how dangerous that really is to the unforgiving person. Unforgiveness leads to bitterness.
When we forgive others we are in right standing with our Heavenly Father and there is no better place to be.
I come before you today in need of forgiveness, I desire to be in right standing with you. Please forgive me for ____________________. Father help me to forgive ______________ for ____________. Father, your word says that when I forgive others, then you will forgive me. Thank you for being such a loving God. For making a way for me to be forgiven and to forgive others. Please help me to know what I need to do to make things right and the courage and boldness to do so.