John 20:21-23 NKJV
“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Forgiveness is described as the act of forgiving someone or something and the attitude of someone who is willing to forgive other people. According to the Bible peace and forgiveness go hand in hand. If you truly want to have the peace that Jesus desires, you must forgive others.
2 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV
“For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive.”
Luke 6:37 NKJV
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Forgive means to:
* to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong)
* to stop blaming (someone)
* to stop feeling anger about (something)
* to forgive someone for (something wrong)
* to stop requiring payment of
* to give up resentment (a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury) of
* to give up claim to requital (something given in return, compensation, or retaliation)
* to cease to feel resentment against
Forgiveness is a choice. When you forgive someone, you are basically stepping back from the situation and allowing God to work in it. You give up what you think is your right to be hurt, offended, angry and resentful. You also give up what you think is your right for compensation and retaliation.
When you forgive someone who has done something wrong …
* YOU stop feeling anger toward them.
* YOU stop blaming them.
* YOU stop feeling anger about them.
* YOU stop holding it against them.
* YOU give up resentment (a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury) toward them.
* YOU give up claim to requital (something given in return, compensation, or retaliation) from them.
* YOU cease to feel resentment against them.
I choose this day to forgive everyone who has, or who I think has, wronged me or my family. I choose not to hold on to anger, hurt, resentment, or bitterness. I choose to walk in love and forgiveness. I pray blessings on each of these people. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to have a godly mindset.
In Jesus’ name, Amen