Forgiveness isn’t an option. It’s mandatory.
Jesus makes this clear over and over again.
In the prayer he modeled for us in Matthew 6. In his answer to Peter in Matthew 18:21-22. In the story he told of the unforgiving servant later in that chapter.
And check this out:
But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Do you get that?
Forgiveness is the one thing that Jesus says is actually tied to God’s forgiveness of us! (Well, forgiveness and repentance. Or maybe repentance isn’t real without forgiveness.)
And not just forgiveness, but restoration.
The entire Bible is the story of God fixing what’s broken. That’s who HE is and it’s who he wants us to be.
God doesn’t even want our offerings until we fix things with other people. And he’s not cool with our promises to get around to fixing things someday.
He tells us to GO. Now. Right now.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Are you starting to understand how important forgiveness is to God?
Found a great article by Randy Alcorn in which he reminds us, “Forgiveness is clearly a matter of choice, not feelings.”
Will we choose to do what God says? Or what we want?
And for those of us who need to seek forgiveness, will we choose to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness, make things right and seek reconciliation? Will we do what God tell us in Romans 12:18?
Forgiveness and reconciliation aren’t easy, but God doesn’t tell us to do these things to punish us. God knows what’s actually best for us. That’s what he wants for us!
See, God knows that, as Randy Alcorn puts it, forgiveness is the ultimate pain reliever.
God wants us to understand that reconciliation heals the heart.
Does anyone believe that the father in Luke 15 would have been better off holding a grudge? Would shutting out his repentant son have helped either of them?
So, GO! Reach out. Love. Let God heal! Forgive…
Check out Randy Alcorn’s blog post HERE