My final post on forgiveness (at least for a while) asks the most important question of all:
Can I do it? Can I really forgive and let go? Can I release whatever bitterness, resentment, or hurt that I feel?
We all struggle with those times. We wonder if we can really forgive ourselves, other people, or even God.
But you can do it. Here’s why I know you can.
First, because Joseph did so. Though his brothers treated him cruelly, Joseph not only forgave his brothers he also sought the best for them. Joseph, and everyone in the Bible, was a person like we are. He had every reason to be bitter, but he chose to be forgiving. When his brothers confessed their sin and hurt, Joseph responded that they meant it for evil but God used it for good.
Second, because Jesus forgave those who crucified Him. His forgiveness on the cross showed He was the Son of God and that even on the cross He was in control.
Third, because Jesus forgave Simon Peter and restored Him to a place of leadership. If God could forgive Simon for how He rejected Jesus at such a crucial time, surely no one is beyond redemption and no one is beyond our forgiveness.
Fourth, because Jesus died for my forgiveness. If I refuse to do what He commands, am I really functioning as His child? Have I actually forsaken Him by refusing to forgive? If Jesus could forgive me, can’t I forgive?
Finally, because of the saints who through the ages who faithfully forgave and lived lives pleasing to the Savior. Their example becomes part of my motivation. Thank God for those who give us examples of what faithful followers of Christ do.
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