What is forgiveness, why should you forgive, and what does the Bible say about forgiveness? This post will provide answers to all the questions.
It will equally reveal to you some Bible verses that talk about forgiveness extensively.
Let’s begin today’s journey by uncovering the mysterious and unthinkable facts about forgiveness.
What Is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness, according to the Oxford Learner dictionary, is the act of forgiving someone who has done something wrong to harm or annoy you.
Meanwhile, to forgive means to stop being angry with someone who has offended you in the past.
It means being able to let go of all the grudges and resentment you have towards your offenders.
Forgiveness is all about submitting and yielding yourself to the Lord’s demand for peaceful living with all men
Three Reasons Why You Should Forgive Others
It is said that forgiveness is good and important. However, the question is “why should I forgive?”
Some of the reasons why you should forgive people who trespass against you include the following:
1. It Is God’s Command To Forgive
This is the most important reason why you should always forgive others.
God values forgiveness so much that he asked us to forgive our offenders.
According to the scripture, the Lord wants you to forgive all offenders just as he (through Christ) forgave your sins on countless occasions.
In case you don’t know how many times you should forgive, Jesus Christ told us never to revenge unless we’ve been offended on 490 cases — which is impossible (Matthew 18: 21-22)
2. Forgiveness Helps You Live A Happy Life
Unforgiveness often leads to an unsettled and unhappy mind. It makes you harbor hatred for your neighbors and it indirectly affects your mental health.
You always appear sad whenever you set your eyes on the person you refuse to forgive.
Your inability to forgive others won’t do you any good; instead, it kills your joy and makes you live in sadness.
This is because malice, resentment, and urge for vengeance all affect your physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
3. Forgiveness Enhance Your Productivity In Life
What does forgiveness has to with productivity? There is a connection between the two and I will unveil it.
You need a sound and happy mindset to be productive in life.
Just as mentioned above, being able to forgive every offender makes you happy.
Then, a happy mind and soul put you in a good psychological position to make things happen for good.
What Does The Lord say About Forgiveness
What does the Lord say about forgiveness? Let’s check the holy scripture and see what the Lord tells us about forgiveness.
1. Ephesians 4:32
“… Forgive Each Other even as Christ forgave You”
This is an excerpt from the Bible that tells you to forgive your neighbors irrespective of the pain and grief they’ve caused you.
2. Matthew 6:14
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
This is more like the first scripture verse. However, this one makes us realize that until you forgive your offenders you will hardly enjoy the Lord’s forgiveness.
Let’s simply say, forgiving others begot God’s forgiveness.
3. Luke 6:37
“… Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Do not judge or revenge, just forgive and move on with life.
Other verses that talk about forgiveness include 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:5; Mark 11:25; Matthew 18:21-22 and more.
Forgiveness isn’t an option, it’s a must for every child of God aiming for a better life.
As you continue in your journey in life, pray for the spirit of forgiveness and endeavor to let go of every grudge as soon as possible.
Forgiving your offenders is one of the things you must do to enjoy God’s peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to check the five productive ways to start a new month.