Jesus taught us to both give and seek forgiveness. It was that important to him. He saw something in being free of burdens and being gracious. Hence we are to live in forgiveness. How can we do that? And not just visit once in awhile but truly live in forgiveness. Day in, day out. And what would this mean to our well-being and happiness? Let’s see.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment] (Matthew 6:12, AMP).
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others (Matthew 6:12, MSG).
Sometimes living forgiveness seems like a too tall of an order. But letting go of both the wrong and the resentment blesses us. And that’s why Jesus urges us to do that. So that we could be truly free and tremendously blessed. But how to do it when we are so weak. This is the key: we are weak and but God is not. God’s power to forgive is yours by grace through faith in Jesus. (Follow this link if you want to find how to forgive in four steps.)
I want to challenge you a bit further in forgiveness. Being forgiven and forgiving is great but we are also called to stop searching for perfection in others or in ourselves. And this is huge. This is a life-changing revelation if you let it sink in and take root in your heart. Forgive yourself and others for not being flawless. Live in forgiveness and learn to love imperfection and incompletion. And your well-being and happiness will grow exponentially.
We are all works in progress. Yet God loves us. And we are to do the same.
Thank you for being so wise and
urging us to live in love and forgiveness.
Forgive us for being cold-hearted.
Make us grace-filled, forgiving and loving,
also towards ourselves.
Enable us to always love and live in forgiveness.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you see the connection between forgiveness and perfection? Do you truly live in forgiveness? What would enable you to see beauty in incompletion?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to live in true forgiveness!