HOW TO FORGIVE
Jesus Christ said in Mark 11:24-25
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
It would be very accurate to find people focus on verse 24 since it speaks of how to receive answers/miracles to our needs!
Because that is what most of us people/Christians seek in prayer right? or, because when we read the scriptures we hope to receive comfort and answers to what we want or feel we need.
But how many times do we give ourselves a chance to focus on verse 25 of this chapter?!
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
One of the most difficult things for a believer/ us Christians to do is to forgive and to forgive in God’s way.
Forgiveness is not ignoring your offenders or choosing to walk away from whoever wronged you and avoid them. Forgiveness is when you release them from your heart, without holding a grudge of any leftover of the past event they were responsible for, and wish them peace and happiness. See them just as God sees them instead of seeing them in the same image they carried the day they wronged you.
In certain cases, a better peaceful way to ensure forgiveness is to put a distance between you and the offender so that you get more time to digest what they’ve done to you and how they’ve made you feel ( I should admit that I personally struggled in this area so many times).
This implies that, when we reach a certain level of maturity of Christianity where we can pray with faith, claim things in faith and see them happen, God expects us to become less of ourselves and more selfless; “doing unto others that which we would like them to do unto us”.
When God forgives you, He doesn’t keep a record of your sins, weaknesses, shortcomings. He rather forgives and forgets them all. Not that He is amnesiac, but because He is the perfect forgiver and models our ways as his followers to step into.
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
“…For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10:16
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
There is no doubt that this is the kind of forgiveness God gives us when we repent of our sins. Surely, it is the same kind of forgiveness He is calling us to have.
We as humans might forget all good deeds someone did for us because of one single mistake, and this can change how we relate to them for a lifetime!
But only the Holly Power of God gives us the strength to forgive, not only forgive but also forget, live in the light, and hence release others for what they might be feeling knowing we have not forgiven them.
Written by Gisele Sandrine