Kat Challis 1/18/2021
Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. Jesus tells us to forgive our neighbors and ourselves.
Why is it so important that we learn how to forgive? Blame, Shame, Guilt, Condemnation… are all prompted by our moral compass. I believe that when Satan comes knocking in our subconscious and conscious, we have a choice to answer him with a negative “you’re not welcome here” and let God take care of the rest of it. Our moral compass allows us to take ownership, responsibility, of our mistakes (sin), endurance during condemnation, and finally acceptance of God’s grace (forgiveness).
Forgiveness has a two fold effect. First we have to forgive whom ever wronged us or that we wronged them and release the anger that blame and shame casts on our soul. There is a saying, “you can choose to forgive, but you don’t have to forget.” I was told by Pastor Hernon, a dear and godly man, that “God says that when we ask for forgiveness and receive it, that our sin is cast into a lake of fire (sulfur)/forgetfulness and remembered no more.” So, “make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 (NTL)
- Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
- Matthew 6:15 (NLT) But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
- Nehemiah 9:17 (NLT) But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them,
Faith allows us to forgive. Faith in God, faith in Jesus the Christ our Lord, and faith in the Holy Spirit. Being a believer in the power of the Trinity does not make you a fanatical zealot. Rather it frees your soul to believe and accept God into your life and receive the glory of mercy and richness of life.