He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over
which he himself must pass if he would ever reach
heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
– George Herbert
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. These feelings of hurt can burrow deep into one’s heart, causing lasting resentment and anger. But if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly.
It’s amazing how much power the word ‘Forgiveness’ holds. It has the power to release freedom and happiness. It has the power to allow us to move forward without ever having to focus on the past.
Forgiveness is a great purifier. It matters not how long you have hated or how deep the hurt runs. A room can be dark for ten seconds or ten years; the moment that light floods the room, the darkness disappears as though it had never been.
Are you very bitter and depressed towards a certain person who hurt you in the past? I urge you today to forgive and let go. If you do not forgive, you are bound to the person who injured you as surely as if you were handcuffed together.
We forgive by faith, out of obedience. Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not. We must trust God to do the work in us that needs to be done so that the forgiveness will be complete.
I hope that we find that faith to forgive anyone who might have hurt us, and therefore find freedom and peace in our lives.
Have a beautiful Sunday!