“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Matthew 6:14 NIV
WHO OFFENDED YOU?
-someone at work that betrayed you?
-did a close friend break your trust?
-did mom or a dad hurt you…maybe even over a period of years and years?
-It could be that your child has rejected you or said some things to you.
-still aching over your spouse’s sexual past and you just can’t let it go? In your mind there’s images and fear and insecurity, and you just can’t forgive your spouse for something that happened even before you were married…
-Or maybe it’s in the present, maybe your spouse betrayed you by looking at pornography, or lying about something, or straying from his or her marital vows.
-For some, you are still angry at someone who is no longer living. They’re gone and yet you still hurt and there is bitterness and there is a grudge.
-Is it God? Are you a little angry with Him? You had expectations & God didn’t do what you expected…
-maybe you’re angry at yourself and you just can’t forgive yourself.
Jesus was offended, Betrayed, Falsely accused, Rejected, Abused & Humiliated.
Yet He still chose to forgive.
He didn’t minimize the seriousness of the offense. It wasn’t an instant restoration of trust. He doesn’t expect you to resume a broken relationship without changes. None of that is forgiveness.
Forgiveness is simply choosing to give grace in advance, before someone needs it. It’s “giving” with foresight. It’s depositing mercy, compassion, love & grace into a futures account with an undetermined withdrawal date.
I’m praying is that if there is any unforgiveness in your heart, that you will find room in your heart to forgive, TODAY.