“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”.
The fruit of unforgiveness have become prevalent in many lives, and consequently infiltrated our society, leading to various degrees of its negative impact. Today, we hear stories of wives stabbing their husbands to death, or a man taking up arms to kill his fellow man. Also at the world stage, countries rising against countries, and all manner of hate related crimes. These are the consequences of unforgiveness.
Forgiveness is a core aspect of our Christian living, for it is a product of love, which is the very foundation on which we stand, as believers (Romans 5:8). It is rather unfortunate that we still have believers who still engage in malice, and various acts that portrays the attitude of unforgiveness.
Moreover, it is important to note that, the lifestyle of forgiveness is not an option for a believer, but a must, because it is a proof that reflects our true nature in God.
WHY SHOULD WE FORGIVE?
1. God forgave us through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:32).
2. We exhibit the nature of God through forgiveness (Collosians 3:13).
3. If we fail to forgive others their trespass, God will not forgive us (Mathew 6:14-15).
4. Unforgiveness is a door way to evil, and gives the devil an opportunity to act (Ephesians 4:26-27).
5. Forgiveness is a proof of our love for God (1 John 4:20).
WHO SHOULD WE FORGIVE?
– Everyone that offends us (Ephesians 4:32).
IS THERE A LIMIT TO FORGIVENESS?
– There is no limit to forgiveness (Mathew 18:21-22)
1. Take a decison to forgive others of their trespasses, as God forgave you through Jesus Christ.
2. Refuse any attempt to be drawn into a lifestyle of hatred.