Real Forgiveness

“Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellows ervant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormenters, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew 18:32-35 King James Version

When my sister and I went out to eat this week, we were talking about the past. I reminded her that I had made some long distance phone calls on her telephone many years ago and had never paid her for them. My sister said “I had forgotten all about those phone calls.” She had forgiven me from her heart just as Jesus forgives us from His heart.

Are you forgiving people from your heart or do you just give them lip service? Do you tell them verbally that you forgive them but continue to harbor unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment in your heart? If so, you have not forgiven them. Until and unless you forgive them from your heart, you have not forgiven them.

One of the hardest persons to forgive is ourselves and satan uses this to launch a vicious attack against us to discourage and defeat us. Not only are we to forgive others from our heart; we are to forgive ourselves and never blame ourselves again. If we have confessed what we have done to God, He has forgiven us. We are forgiven through the cleansing atoning blood of Jesus. He will never hold our sins and mistakes against us again. If a Holy God can forgive us and still love us, we should forgive ourselves.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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