When we forgive someone it means: to grant pardon for or
remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); to give up all claim on account of; to
grant pardon to (a person); to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive
I don’t think any of us REALLY grasp the full IMPACT of the action of
forgiving others for what they have done to us. “Well, I simply cannot forgive
or forget what that person did to me!” YES YOU CAN! If not, God would have
never told you to forgive others. He will never tells us to do that which we
cannot do. The thing we must do is CHOOSE to love that person the way you would love them if they had not done that thing at all. “Yeah, but they
DID do it!” No, no, no….remember forgiveness is to give up all claim on
account of; to grant pardon to a person as if it never even happened. So, if it
never happened, it’s OVER, DONE, FINISHED. Love ‘em like you loved them
BEFORE it happened.
Maybe these verses will help.
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. (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving
others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:14-15 MSG)
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