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Forgiveness in the Christian Life

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Forgiveness is essential as a Christian. We need to always forgive others no matter what they say or do to us. Jesus talks about this in Mathew 18:21-22, how we ought to forgive our brothers' offenses up to 70 times 7. This of course is a metaphor, Jesus is saying we need to always forgive others when they offend us no matter what the offense is. This is not always easy especially when someone wrongs you badly in a certain way, it can seem almost impossible to forgive that person for what they did. But we need to be the bigger person as Christ was and forgive others. Unforgiveness can be harmful to our faith. The Bible says we need to forgive others so our Heavenly Father will forgive us, Mathew 6:14-15 . Unforgiveness can come against our joy and peace as a believer. So we need to always be searching our heart to make sure there is no bitterness in our hearts. We need to ask God to give us Grace to fully let go of all unforgiveness and bitterness we may not even realize we have.

Forgiveness can be difficult, especially when we have been deeply hurt by someone. It is natural to want to hold onto resentment and anger, to seek revenge, or to harbor bitterness. However, if we allow these negative emotions to take root in our hearts, we are putting our own spiritual well-being at risk. Unforgiveness can hinder our faith and our relationship with God. Apostle John talks about in 1 John 4:20 how that if you say you love God but hate your brother you are a liar . Becuase if we still hate others who we can see , How then are we supposed to love God who we can't see ? We can't truly love God if we still have worldly love in us which is conditional love , but we as Christians need to love unconditionally . We need to have that same love for others as Christ had for us , who counted not His own life worthy but gave it up for us becuase of the love He had for us . So we as Christians need to have this same love and forgiveness towards others as Christ did for us .

Moreover, unforgiveness can rob us of our joy and peace. It can consume our thoughts, disrupt our relationships, and cause us to miss out on the blessings that God has in store for us. That is why we must constantly search our hearts and be willing to let go of any bitterness or unforgiveness that we might be holding onto. We need to ask God for the grace to forgive, to heal, and to move on. As we do so, we will find that the burden of unforgiveness is lifted, and we will experience greater freedom, joy, and peace in our lives.

In summary, forgiveness is not an option, but a necessity for Christians. We must always be ready to forgive others, no matter how many times they have offended us, just as Christ forgave us. Unforgiveness can hinder our relationship with God and rob us of our joy and peace. Therefore, we must search our hearts and ask God to give us the grace to fully let go of all unforgiveness and bitterness, so that we can experience the freedom, joy, and peace that comes from being a forgiving person.

I hope this message blessed you and helps you understand on a deeper level why we need to always forgive and forget  others' wrongs towards us . Be sure if you liked this blog to check out more blogs and content here on Kingdom Clarity . As well be sure click the link below to see more of my content for Christ . God bless and have a good day!

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