why do we forgive those who hurt us
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Luke 6:37 NIV Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Yes, I want Breaking Christian News
Colossians 3:13 NIV Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Luke 23:33-34 NIV When they came to a place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. " John 8:7 NIV When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. " Romans 12:20 NIV I believe that your life must will be blessed through forgiving others. Would you like to choose to forgive for the benefit of others? Maybe your decision can bring an opportunity of redemption for others.
I remember the last time someone really hurt me. The pain cut deep. Not only was I hurt, I was humiliated. For a time, I was perpetually angry. Every time this person called, I had a few choice words. Each conversation we had was dripping with sarcasm and bitterness. I admit, for a little while, it felt good. БIБll show them! Б I thought. But that feeling was fleeting. Most days, I would scream my lungs out, then hang up the phone and cry because the weight of the bitterness was just too much. Even though I wanted that weight lifted, I felt like this person didnБt deserve forgiveness. I could forgive, I just didnБt want to. But I couldnБt ignore God and His Word is clear on this topic.
Depending on what translation you read, the word БforgiveБ is mentioned at least 60 times in the Bible. IБm pretty sure God is telling us something. Think now of the person who hurt you. That person may not deserve your forgiveness, but we donБt deserve GodБs forgiveness. You may not want to forgive, but God commands us to forgive. And it wonБt be the last time you forgive. Forgiveness is a choice we have to make time and time (and time) again. It feels painful, but it brings freedom. And that is why God requires this of us, even though it is painful. Below are some verses that will help guide you in the process of forgiveness.
If there is someone or something you need to forgive, I encourage you to act today. Meditate on these verses, and ask God to give you the strength you need to choose forgiveness today and every day. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. Б Colossians 3:13 (GNTD) Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. Б Luke 6:37 (GNTD) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, БLord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him?
Seven times? Б БNo, not seven times,Б answered Jesus, Бbut seventy times seven. Б Б Matthew 18:21, 22 (GNTD) And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done. Б Mark 11:25 (GNTD) But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. Б Ephesians 2:4-5 (GNTD) He does not punish us as we deserve or repay us according to our sins and wrongs. Б Psalm 103:10 (GNTD)
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