Committed To Forgiveness

I have a friend who is a great believer in forgiveness. In fact her moniker or mantra is, “Forgiveness is Bliss.” I think this is such a wonderful sentiment because in all reality and sincerity, it is the lack of forgiveness that many relationships are severed and left in utter disrepair.

"Forgiveness" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness” by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things that always stands out for me when I consider the ramifications of forgiveness is the Model Prayer that Christ gave us in Matthew 6, where he tells us to pray that the debts of those who owe us be forgiven, even as we desire ours debts to be forgiven of us. Jesus goes further after the prayer to note for his followers, that we must forgive if we hope to be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. Did you see that? You open the door for God to forgive. Yet, forgiveness from God isn’t the only benefit you receive when you commit yourself to forgiveness.

One of the most amazing displays of forgiveness to me was when Jesus, who knew beforehand that Peter would deny him three times, cam face to face with him after the resurrection.  Most people, had they faced what he faced, would not have thought twice about turning their back on someone who had been that close to them. Yet, it was because of this closeness, and because Jesus himself had experienced the redemptive restoration to relationship with his own father, that he could then display that same level of forgiveness to Peter.

When you commit yourself to forgiveness, you’re saying that the bonds of your relationship with another is far more valuable than that thing that could divide you. You are saying that you are choosing to live as Paul the Apostle admonished; a worker of reconciliation. You are recognizing that something is misaligned and needs to be put back into place, restored to wholeness, and you will do what it takes to make sure that it happens simply because it is that important to you.

When you are committed to forgiveness, you are positioning yourself to release yourself from the grip of the pains and hurts that are often self imposed. When you aren’t willing to forgive, you’ve placed a barrier between you and another that cannot be removed until one is willing to change. Your choice to remove that barrier opens a clear path for healing; not just of the mental or emotional, but even the physical. You’d be surprised of the numbers of people who have had unforgiveness at the root of their physical ailments, and when they forgave, how quickly health was restored. Choose to live a life of forgiveness and see what comes of your life and relationships.

QUESTION: What are you willing to do to ensure that you are committed to forgiveness?

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