How to forgive others who have wronged you is something that is not easy to do IF you are going to do it on your own. Most especially if the person who hurt you is a relative, a friend, a church-mate, or anybody who is closely related to you.
But as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we are to forgive one another. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
I don’t know with you but reading the words “your Father will not forgive your sins” is enough reason for me to forgive others. It is some sort of motivation and an effective reminder to me that I am also capable of hurting others and do them wrong. And one thing I would want to hear from those who I have wronged when I ask for their forgiveness is “I forgive you.”
Forgiving others also brings us into a place where we can enjoy life and appreciate all the things that we have – whether big or small. Even if you live in a mansion or driving a luxurious car but your heart is aching and full of hatred, it is as if you don’t live for the moment. You feel heavy and you cannot appreciate all the beautiful things around you.
If you are praying and believing for something, then forgiving is a must! Mark 11:25 says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that Your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” If you have been praying for something for long now and you are not seeing an answer from God, check your heart and see if there is “unforgiveness” that sits there. That could be the reason why your prayer has not been answered yet.
How to forgive others is a question that most people would find it hard to answer. In the natural, it may seem hard, in some occasions, it may seem impossible. But if we sincerely would want to follow Jesus and enjoy the life that He promised us – a life that is full, we need to ask for His grace to forgive. And grace will empower us to forgive others.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, I repent of not forgiving those people who have wronged me. I surrender this hurt in my heart and I pray that You give me the grace to forgive and release them. I pray that You bless them the way I want You to bless me. Give me a heart that is compassionate, patient, and long suffering, in Jesus’ name, Amen.