Just like Love Forgiveness is an Action not just a word God forgives us and we need to always forgive others but Hurt people Hurt people and themselves unless they resolve their hurt and there is only one permanent way to do this and that is by forgiving, I found this True in my life, I will leave a link for you.
If we don’t forgive and hold onto bitterness and resentment towards others or seek revenge it will hurt us too. It’s like mixing poison for those who have hurt us and drinking it ourselves, it’s an insidious Cancer that eats away all the goodness in us leaving a big black hole that can’t be filled without heart Repentance and our Forgiving others.
Unforgivness is shown in Childish behaviour such as name calling, aggressive fleshy arguing, seeking revenge, critically gossiping about those who have hurt us, belittling them or verbalizing and focusing on their weaknesses and shortcomings, we all have these and when we critically judge others for theirs, we are judging ourselves but not meaning their Sin, which we are at first to rebuke and warn them about privately, in Love and for Love but if ignored we seek those in Authority for help.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger, and clamour and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice and be ye Kind one to another, Tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Luke 17:3-5 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our Faith.
Even now with having full assurance that I’m forgiven, I still remember how much I hurt Jesus and others, so how can I not forgive those who hurt me, yes we may not be able to be in close fellowship together until they also heal by forgiving me if needed or those who have hurt them, sometimes people blame others wrongly or even God for their suffering and so they need to ask forgiveness for doing this too, as we see confirmed in Scripture He does not cause us to suffer..…
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.
God never afflicts us willingly and what is very important is for us to receive and feel His Love and forgiveness as a reality, we need to forgive others as He forgives us. It’s not that He does not want to forgive us but we Block His forgiveness as does all unrepentant Sin, which means Satan than has a foothold in our lives and we are in bondage to our Carnal flesh which instead must be put to death.
Mark 11:25-26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses.
True forgiveness is when we can Pray for others to receive all the good things we would like for ourselves, this Medicine is the best one we will ever take, it heals fast and permanently.
Without Jesus we can’t really forgive others or Love them as God asks us to, we need His Sacrificial Love which we ask for and receive, His Love in us always seeks Restoration not Separation, we need to choose to forgive and to Love and He than empowers us through The Holy Spirit to be able to do so.
Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt Love thy Neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the Children of your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Thanks for listening – Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus -Anne.