Hey guys! Welcome back! I am so glad you are here & joined me today. My name is Alyssa, and I am the cowriter of this blog- A Daughter of Grace. Today I will be sharing on forgiveness. This can be such a hard topic for some people to talk about and I completely understand that. I hope you find peace in this post and that God can use me to reach your heart! So, let’s get into it!
Forgiving someone can be very hard. Whether it is something they’ve said, an event they’ve missed, or a memory that is ruined- it can be hard to forgive.
Colossians 3:13 says: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ”
As Christians, we are called to live lives of forgiveness. Jesus forgave all of us for our sins, so we should forgive with the same love that He has. He forgave those who spoke poorly of Him, betrayed Him, and did not show any signs of love towards Him. It probably wasn’t easy for Jesus to completely forgive every one of us- but He still did it. So, as Christians, we need to forgive others. We are never going to want to forgive, but it is still something we need to do.
At a retreat, I heard that “Holding a grudge against a person is like drinking poison but expecting the other person to die”, and that is so true! Holding a grudge is so hurtful to ourselves! Forgiving others isn’t just saying “Well I will forgive you if you do this…” but also releasing them from the need of paying you back.
Matthew 6: 14-15 says:
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”
If we do not forgive, it will lead us to death. Forgiveness and love are the two foundations of the Christian lifestyle. Jesus loved us so much that He forgave us of any sin we could ever commit- and that my friends is such amazing grace.
When we love (and forgive) well, we will be examples of Colossians 3:12.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”
This is a perfect example of the people God has called us to be- examples of Jesus and His goodness to everyone we meet. We can clothe ourselves with love, because God loves us.
I understand that forgiving someone can be so so so hard. I have many friends and family members that struggle daily with the fight of choosing to forgive someone. Luckily, we are not in this alone- God is with us through it all. We can cry out to Him with our worries and sorrows and trust that in His perfect planning we will have the strength to forgive. I pray that you will find the hope and strength in Jesus to go and love and forgive just as we were by Jesus.
Our goal as Christians is to live a life as a reflection of Jesus. Forgiving & loving others is essential to live our lives worthy of the calling that is set before us.
Alright, that’s all I got for today! I’m sorry this was a shorter post, but I hope you guys got something out of it! I just got my wisdom teeth out & I’m still recovering, so I am going to get some rest! I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week & God bless you!