Guest Author - Pamela Chambers
Forgiveness is an act and not a feeling. A person might feel rejected, humiliated and
angered from the results of an unkind act. However, it is very important to get over
feelings of embarrassment quickly or unfaithfulness, disobedience and bondage will fester
and cause a Christian to separate from Jesus, The Father and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus provided a great example of quick forgiveness when he prayed for his accusers
during the crucifixion. (New International Version and King James Version Side by Side Bible Luke 23.34) Jesus wailed in agony “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. We all need to take inventory on whether we need to forgive others and repent. Lately I had to take inventory to recognize whether I had been forgiving in all areas of my life. It did not look pretty, so I repented and proceeded to take care of unfinished business
while walking in love. It did not matter whether I was right or wrong in the situation. I had not only myself to think about, but others who were observing my daily walk with the Lord.
I truly wanted to be faithful by fulfilling all of the law and not just my favorite scripture.
A lack of forgiveness creates bondage and allows the enemy to win. When a Christian chooses to disobey God’s word and rely on feelings only separation from Jesus, The Father and grieving of the personality of the Holy Spirit is inevitable.
The Heavenly Father taught us that we must forgive others first in order to receive forgiveness.
The Christian who will not forgive actually punishes himself, while thinking he is tat his accuser is being punished.
Although forgiveness is sometimes difficult, liberty and freedom releases one from the bondage
that was created from staying stuck on nursing and rehearsing the hurt, humiliation and resentment that was caused by conflict.
When a Christian chooses to love and forgive, he obeys the word of God. Matt. 5.43 notes “You have heard that it was said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Obedient children take pleasure in pleasing their Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father is also pleased when we follow his word.
Once a Christian has released forgiveness, the next opportunity to release forgiveness will be easier and also come quicker. To follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness is to acknowledge our pain, while making the decision to trust the Father and Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness is Love.