“Woe to the world because of offences! For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!” - Matthew 18:7
Have you ever been offended? What was it that offended you? All of us have been offended at one time or another.
But whatever it was that offended us we cannot allow it to grow into bitterness or resentment. We hesitate to forgive because somehow the other person is wrong. We don’t condemn what was done but we cannot allow another person’s sin to ruin us. Forgiveness helps us to avoid becoming resentful, bitter and spending time contemplating who is right and who is wrong.
If you feel you have been wronged you feel victimised and if you feel you are in the wrong you feel condemned. Stop forgiving and the door is opened to hatred, malice, bitterness, jealousy, pride and a long list of problems. One of the most destructive is bitterness.
Not every problem or sickness is the result of unforgiveness, but many people become physically ill because of unforgiveness, and bitterness. If someone has wronged you it is a real offence and the person causing it is in trouble. But if you do not forgive so are you.
Release that person to the Lord Jesus and forgive so that you can receive freedom to grow in Christ and fulfil Gods’ plan for your life. Release the offender so that Gods’ spirit can work in them and you grow in maturity in the Lord.
If you want to open the door for God to influence people in a powerful way, forgiveness is the way Jesus taught us. Paul preached it and experience demonstrates its power.
Dear God and Father thank You for the truth of Your word. Today once again I choose to forgive even as You forgive. Help me always to forgive sincerely from my heart, in Jesus name.