“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 ESV
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 Christ. 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 that 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.
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. Oklahoma born and bred. Her mission in life is to spread the Gospel and tell people of her Savior's undying love. Visit Raegan at her blog Delighted In Him.