If generosity means giving more than we have to give, then forgiveness can be a deeply generous act. We forgive in the same ways that we’re generous: sacrificially, unconditionally, freely. Take a dive into some (maybe) uncomfortable memories: Who might you need to forgive today? What would it take for you to forgive from a generous place? How can God help you with that? – Matt Hooper
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21–22 NIV)
One act today: Read the Easter story in the Bible (Luke 23) and focus on Jesus’ words of forgiveness. Ask God to help you forgive.
What did I do?
Forgiveness is a difficult thing to do. Most outside Christianity see Christians as weak for forgiving those who hurt them in some way. We know however that it is a very difficult thing to do but we must obey our Father and forgive others as He forgives us.
Grieving and pain are natural responses when someone hurts us badly but to avoid that pain becoming an infected wound that eats away at us, we must forgive. For the good of our own health as well.
The older you get the more people have had the opportunity to hurt you. People make mistakes and they learn from them. Unfortunately sometimes people are hurt in the middle of that. It is rare that someone is vindictively cruel – although I know that happens – but rather it is an error of judgement or action.
We have to forgive people. It is an active state of forgiveness with Gods help, love and compassion and grace. I pray that God will give me a heart of forgiveness and compassion for others.
Today I prayed for people who I needed to forgive again. God’s love surrounds us when we do this. He knows what it takes to take that decision and forgive.