A Forgiving Heart

For a couple weeks now, God impressed to my heart a friend in need and in distance..physically distant because she is miles away from us, from home. She may be in a difficult situation right now, a problem as big as she can imagine, but God is indeed bigger than all our cares, all our concerns, all our problems. Struggles are part of our everyday life, since every moment of our time is said to be a battle to face, a decision to make. Our mind is the battleground of the enemy and we need to be always connected with God to be guarded always. We needed to forgive ourselves too so that there will be no condemnation. Even our family can fail us..but if we truly love the person and if we truly have the love of God, we will not wait until the person who caused us pain ask for our forgiveness..we would do so because we too would want to be set free.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:9-15)
According to the Bible I must forgive others or the Father will not forgive me. Having an unforgiving heart blocks my prayers to be heard by God and I want to experience Him daily..then I must forgive.
They say forgiveness is one of the most important issues we Christians can ever encounter..we are all sinners and we are separated from God because of our sin. Forgiveness is the heart of God’s plan for us..and it is our hope to be reunited with Him. We know this and would always share this to every people that we bring to a close encounter with God.

But how do we really begin to forgive someone who caused our family so much pain and turmoil?
During my childhood days, I would resent my father for I am a battered child. I came from a broken family and didn’t experienced having a father in authority over my life. So growing up, I would always struggle in submission, in trust, in obedience and in love. God dealt with me in a loving way that He allowed me to go circumstances where I myself would need and ask for His forgiveness, in order for me to forgive. I cannot do it on my own..only by His grace..I am fortunate that God is a forgiving God. We must look to Him to help us forgive others.

God knows best. Jesus Christ sacrificed His Body and Blood for the sins of the world! That’s why God forgives. God forgave me because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God forgave you because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God forgave you and me because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ…and will constantly forgive whenever we ask for forgiveness. We don’t have to forgive others to receive God’s forgiveness. We already have it. We do not and cannot lose the forgiveness God has given us. We are under His grace and we just have to be obedient to His teachings.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:13-14

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32

This is how and why we should forgive those who have wronged us..be it a new acquaintance, a friend, a family, your loved one, your leader. We can be easily offended by others at times but it’s difficult if you are harboring bitterness, rage and anger in your heart. God wants us to “get rid of all that” because He knows it will free us..free our heart and mind to truly worship and enjoy His presence. Forgiving others is one of the greatest examples of the reality of God’s Life in us. Forgiving others also frees us to know the fullness of God’s Love and Grace; to experience all that God has for us in this life.

So what are we waiting for..cry out to God to always have that forgiving heart and live a free man..

Mark 11:25
And whenever you make a prayer,
let there be forgiveness in your hearts, if you have
anything against anyone; so that you may have forgiveness
for your sins from your Father who is in heaven.

By Noemi Lyn Arda-boyles· Friday, July 30, 2010

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