How to Practice Forgiveness in  Church and among Christians

APRIL 29

1.Forgiveness can be given Privately Or Publicly

The Bible mentions Two Ways whereby you should express forgiveness when someone has offended you. They are as follows-

  • “A” Express Your Forgiveness in Prayer
  • “B” Express Your Forgiveness to the Offender

Express Your Forgiveness in Prayer

This is forgiveness from your HEART before God, not from your MOUTH before the offender. This type of forgiveness is PRIVATE — it is between you and God. It is like the prayer of forgiveness that Jesus spoke while suffering on the cross.  Jesus prayed to the Father. What He said was not addressed to those who falsely accused and crucified Him.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34 (KJV)

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. Mark 11:25 (KJV)

Express Your Forgiveness to the Offender

  1. This is forgiveness expressed before the offender. It is based on a condition of repentance. The word of God teaches that conditions must be met before this level of forgiveness should be done. It was properly explained under the title, “It isn’t UNCONDITIONAL” above.

3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.  Luke 17:3-4 (KJV)

If there is no repentance by the one who sinned against you, then you are STILL required to forgive him from your HEART — prayerfully and PRIVATELY

before God — but NOT from your MOUTH by publicly saying to your offender that you have forgiven him.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously . 1 Peter 2:21-23 (KJV)

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. Mark 11:25 (KJV)

In conclusion one of the lessons that can be learnt in forgiveness is- Your forgiving other people does not necessarily change the other person. It majorly relieves you of the pain of carrying hurt within you. It frees you from being controlled emotionally by the appearance of the person who hurt you. So always be ready to forgive.

 

For further Study

1 Peter 2:21-23 (KJV)

Personal declaration for the day

Lord grant me a forgiving heart

Questions for you to reflect on

How do feel when you forgive others?