7 Reasons to Forgive

why forgiveDo you have bitterness toward someone? If you do, that anger is keeping you from becoming the person that God created you to be. In fact, unforgiveness will destroy your relationships and your potential to accomplish your dreams. Be set free of bitterness by extending forgiveness as God extended forgiveness to you.

God’s promise when you forgive is directly from the mouth of God when Jesus said, “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). God forgives you when you ask Him, but true repentance is asking Him to forgive  all of your sin. The sin Jesus took upon Himself when He died for your and me includes the anger you’re holding onto toward that person who hurt you..

If we accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins, but don’t forgive others then we are hypocrites and doubleminded. When we’re doubleminded we have conflict within. God created us to be in right relationship with Him and with others. That bitterness is causing guilt, shame and conflict. Bitterness interferes with our peace and purpose in life.

Jesus was talking to the people who were following Him when He said,  “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

Do you feel free? If not, then you may not be holding onto God’s teachings on forgiveness.

If you want to experience full freedom, joy and peace  in your life then ask the Holy Spirit to help  you forgive.

Why should you forgive?

1. Forgive to avoid Satan’s stronghold. “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:25-27

2. Forgive to prevent from further sinning. “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing (anger, bitterness, rage) in him to make him stumble.” 1John 2:9-10

3. Forgive to please the Holy Spirit. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 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.” Eph. 4:30-32

4. Forgive to be forgiven. “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.” Matt 6:14-15

5. Forgive to obey God. Jesus answered, “I tell you, (forgive) not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matt 18:21-22

6. Forgive to be set free of the bondage of bitterness. “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:32

7. Forgive to receive God’s blessings. Jesus replied, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28

To receive complete emotional, spiritual and possibly physical healing make the decision to forgive. This article is based on the book LOVING THE UNLOVABLE, Transforming difficult relationships with God’s truth, by Kirsten Strawn, THE FAITH COACH. Kirsten’s book is available on AMAZON by clicking HERE.

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