Word of Encouragement…
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).
“I choose to forgive you, I choose to love you
I wish you the best that life has to offer,
Prosperity, happiness, and long life
I choose to forgive you, I choose to love you.”
Forgiveness is defined as releasing the hurt and pain associated with an offence and wishing no harm to the offender. “Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). A crown of thorn was placed on Jesus’s head, He was beaten several times and a spear was used to pierce his side. Yet still, He prayed that his offenders would be forgiven.
We live in a sinful world and will be offended, therefore, we are encouraged to forgive each other. Sometimes, you may not feel like extending forgiveness especially if the offence is serious. However, the Bible says, “…It is mine to avenge; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). You can take comfort in the knowledge that God will bring judgment against your offenders. As such, I encourage you to forgive and pray for them. I recall situations in which I prayed for God to severely discipline some people who hurt me. Well, He did not answer my prayer and I learned to forgive and love them.
It is often said that unforgiveness can be compared to drinking poison; it slowly kills you. Unforgiveness is associated with health issues which include cancer, depression, and hypertension. Hence, forgiveness brings spiritual, physical, and psychological healing. When you forgive, you are freed from the burden of guilt, condemnation, and resentment.
I pray that Jesus will give you a desire to love Him more and the wisdom to forgive your offenders.