Forgive as You Have Been Forgiven
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
Have you ever been in a situation where you were wronged? Looking back on my life I can recall numerous situations where I’ve been deeply hurt by someone. The majority of the time I feel like that person owes me something because after all, I am the victim, right? I hold grudges, and consequently, those grudges begin to fulfill my life and my relationship with God. I’ve realized this bitterness is rooted in the inability to be astounded in Christ’s love and forgiveness towards me and my sin.
The truth is, sisters, no one has wronged us as much as we have wronged God. But despite all of our wrong-doings, Jesus promises all who call on His name and repent will be forgiven. Once we realize how undeserving we are—how we’re in dire need of forgiveness—it almost becomes impossible not to forgive others. Of course, this is much harder said than done…but Christ has the power to transform our bitterness into compassion. As Christians, we are called to extend this grace to others.
In forgiveness, there is future grace. There is freedom from shame. There are promises that are never failing. Christ has called us to forgive because we are forgiven…there will never be anything more freeing than unconditional grace.
God, I pray You will soften my heart toward those who have hurt me. Take my bitterness and turn it into compassion. Help me to forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.
How can you try to restore a broken relationship in your life? Are there areas in your life where you can be more forgiving?
Raegan is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.