WHO TO FORGIVE?
Matthew 6: 14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Who should I forgive ? – All your offenders, yourself, God and situations
Forgive the person who badly hurts you long ago and also the stranger who stepped on your toe in the grocery store. Take those two extremes people and forgive them in addition to everyone in between. Forgive quickly. The quicker you do it, the easier it is. Forgive freely.
When you forgive, you must cancel the debt. Do not spend your life paying and collecting debts. Hebrews 10:30 says that vengeance belongs to the Lord; He’ll repay and settle the cases of His people. Let God pay you for past injustices. Do not try to collect from the people who hurt you because the people who hurt you can’t pay you.
Also, forgive yourself for past sins and hurts you have caused others. You can’t pay people back so, ask God to.
Forgive God if you are angry with Him because your life didn’t turn out the way you thought it should. God is always just. There may be things you don’t understand but God loves you, and people make a serious mistake when they don’t receive help from the only One who can truly help them.
You may even need to forgive a situation or an object— your organisation, bank, a certain store that may have cheated you, a car that always gave you trouble, etc. Get rid of all poison that comes from bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. And remember Proverbs 4:23 – Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance…for out of it flow the springs of life.
To be unforgiving is spiritual filthiness so, get washed in the water of God’s Word to forgive and stay clean.
For further Study
Hebrews 10:30, Proverbs 4: 23
Personal declaration for the day
I will forgive myself, others, God , situation and things.
Questions for you to reflect on
- Who are to forgive?
- How many of them do you intend to forgive?