Love is Forgiveness

“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. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26 King James Version

I asked God why He laid it on my heart to write so much about forgiveness. I said “I know why You have me write so much about love but why do You want me to write so much about forgiveness?” God spoke to my heart and said “Unless and until you forgive people from your heart, there is no love.”

We can tell people that we love them but if we haven’t forgiven them from ur hearts for hurting us, we don’t really love them. Real love is unconditional. Real love doesn’t hold bitterness, resentment, criticism and unforgiveness in our hearts for those who have hurt us. How dare we ask God to forgive us when we aren’t willing to forgive those who have hurt us.

Just think where we would be today if God hadn’t forgiven us and loved us much that He sent His only beloved Son into the world to die on a cross of horror and excruciating pain for you and for me. We would be on our way to hell for all eternity. Thank God for His forgiveness, compassion and unconditional love!

We tell our spouses and children that we love them but we haven’t forgiven them from our hearts. God says that we don’t really love them. I am so glad that God really does love us. He proved His love for us when He sent Jesus into the world to die for our sins. God said that we are to forgive everybody. Can we honestly say we have forgiven everyone who has hurt us? If not, may God have mercy on us.

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