FORGIVENESS – La Iglesia en Acción

FORGIVENESS – La Iglesia en Acción

FORGIVENESS
We as sinners, have been forgiven much, therefore, we should forgive those who have hurt us, no matter how badly we’ve been hurt. They owe us little compared to what we owe Jesus Christ, a price we can NEVER repay.

Forgiveness should have no limits and not be selective. We should not only forgive our enemies, but love them as well. Loving our enemies doesn’t come easily or naturally but is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit just as He did with Abraham, Joseph, Stephen and ultimately Jesus which is our GREATEST example.

Matthew 18:21-35 NLT

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven (490)! “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

Matthew 5:43-48 NLT

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Forgiving someone isn’t easy. Believe me, I know from personal experience! But I also know that it is possible. With promises found in scriptures like Philippians 4:13, we can do whatever we need to do with God’s power.

Don’t let unforgiveness stop you from your happiness. Forgive those who have done wrong to you, no matter what it is they’ve done to you. Set your mind free, stop living in the past & continue living in the future. God has a plan for you but the only way He can begin to take action, it begins with you forgiving those who have hurt you. Don’t block your blessings or destiny. You can start by saying the following prayer.

Dear Lord, I forgive [persons name] for [verbally say what they did]. I release this person to You. I choose not to hold on to my bitterness and anger, and I ask You to take away any pain or hurt that I am feeling and heal my damaged emotions. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

By: Evelyn Albino