The Power of Forgiveness
“Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, ‘Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord’” (Rom. 12:19).
Have you noticed how quickly we can become enraged with someone if they ‘wrong’ us?
We can actually throw friendships away because we get mad so quickly. I mean we can be friends for years and years, and one thing can be said. That really is not the definition of that person’s charter, but nevertheless, they say something, and we get so angry that we just trash our relationship. What in the world is wrong with us?
I have to admit, I have tried to get revenge, and I never have felt good about it inside. I always end up feeling the horrific consequences of my actions, and it never fixes anything.
The fundamentals of forgiveness should be just as natural as breathing for you and me, as Christians. It should not look foreign to us. It should look and feel like a warm blanket to us.
Forgiveness has been on my mind as of late. Those people I’ve hurt or caused to stumble, please forgive me. I long for you to be free, free in Jesus!
So in order for me to find freedom I must seek forgiveness. So many times we think that keeping that bitterness towards someone allows us to be “one up” on them, but if you’re angry there is no true way to stay ahead of the game. Not only will YOU be miserable, but your health takes a turn for the worse. Instead of being consumed by thoughts of Jesus, your consumed with thoughts of getting even, and as a result, you commit idolatry.
So in short, don’t harbor anger and unforgiveness, rather allow Christ to rule your heart, and forgive as you have been forgiven. And just in case you don’t know, you’ve been forgiven of much.