Forgive & Live

I’ve heard it said that forgiveness is a process when it’s actually not.

This statement is not scripturally correct.

Forgiveness is a decision.

Forgiveness is a choice.

Once you choose to forgive you activate the power to forgive in your heart.

Take Jesus for example.  As He was being beaten and bruised on the cross by the Roman soldiers and heckled in the crowd by thousands yelling, “Crucify him!” by the same people who were just recently singing his praises and waving palms at Him a few days ago, He could have had an attitude and would have been very justified in doing so.  He could’ve damned all of them to hell for turning on Him, or He could have gotten off the cross and said, “Forget it!  I’m through with it!  Ya’ll ain’t worth it anyway!”  But instead, He chose to endure, and even chose to forgive them right there on the spot as He said, “…Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

So not only did He forgive them, He interceeded on their behalf and asked God to forgive them as well!  Now that’s love!

That’s true forgiveness!

Jesus didn’t go about each day, holding on to hurt and pain telling folks, “Yeah, they hurt me, and I’m in the process of forgiving them.” No, He just forgave them, period, because He knew He was one with the Father and that it was God’s will that they be forgiven for their ignorance and lack of knowledge.

He knew that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

He knew the battle is the Lord’s and that vengeance belongs to God.
(1 Samuel 17:47; Romans 12:19)

He knew that just like God uses people for His plans and purposes, satan uses people as well and that some folks are deceived by unknowingly allowing the enemy to use them.

Most people who hurt other people don’t even realize what their doing.

Whether they intentionally intend to hurt you or not, allow God to judge them while you decide to forgive and walk in love so you can be free.

Forgiveness is not about the other person being, “Let off the hook;” forgiveness is for you.

Forgiveness frees you.

Forgiveness opens the windows of heaven for you as The Word admonishes how if we don’t forgive others then God won’t forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15) and I don’t know about you but I need the grace of God to continue to rule and reign over my life every single day.

And because I believe you want the blessings of God to continue to overtake you, then I strongly suggest you choose, this day, to forgive – and live.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15  

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*Originally published on Kim On The Web.