Open Your Heart to Forgiveness

When you release the burden of a heavy heart you experience Jesus’ love in action.

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- Posted on Sep 22, 2020

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But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:26 (NKJV)

Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. It restores relationships and makes things right. But in the real world? It’s hard. A few months ago a colleague did something that hurt me professionally. As far as I was concerned, she didn’t deserve my forgiveness. Shortly after the incident, I saw her walking down the hallway toward me and wondered, Should I take the stairs and avoid her entirely? Or do I walk by without speaking, so she’ll know how angry I am? But as we approached one another, I knew what I had to do. I had to forgive, but it was hard. Grudgingly I said, “Hello.” I started to feel my anger subside. I felt lighter. Jesus was doing a work in my heart.

Years ago before I knew the Lord, I wouldn’t have considered forgiveness. I would’ve nursed my grudge and worn it like a badge of honor. Thankfully as Jesus helped me to wholly forgive, my heart toward my coworker has changed. I’m not trapped in bitterness and hurt. I’m moving forward in love.

Jesus forgave me of all my sins, paying a horrendous cost for my salvation. In turn, I’m commanded to forgive, so I can receive forgiveness from my heavenly Father. He asks me to forgive for my benefit. The burden of being unwilling to forgive is heavy, but I’m learning that with forgiveness comes freedom and peace. Forgiveness isn’t a sign of weakness but love. Jesus’s willingness to give His life and forgive my sins is the ultimate act of love. When I forgive others, I’m His love in action.

Faith Step: Search your heart and think of people whom you’ve not forgiven. Start calling out their names in prayer and ask Jesus to help you forgive them. Watch your heart fill with love for them.

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