Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Col. 3:13 KJV)
As long as you are still living on earth, you will be called again and again to either give or receive forgiveness. You will either give or receive forgiveness from others around you or receive forgiveness from God when you sin. There is something that forgiveness does to the heart of humans that nothing in all the universe can do. When a man or woman needs to either give or receive forgiveness, there is an invisible iron cage that keeps them boxed in until forgiveness is allowed to do its job.
Our actions and words have consequences, and their effects do not vanish away with time. Some people have kept the guilt, shame, pain, bitterness, hurts, etc that come from our sins, offenses to or from others, for their entire lifetime. There is a reason why the LORD says there is no peace to the sinner( Isa. 57:21), because until sin is forgiven it will continue to erode a person’s heart within with its guilt, shame, bondage, fears, anxieties, etc.
If someone has offended you, the first drug to apply to the wound of your heart to begin the healing process is forgiveness. It is amazing to note that until we forgive or are forgiven, other spiritual devices will not work. You cannot replace forgiveness with prayers, fasting, giving or even have an anointed man of God lay hands on you to get some breakthrough. Forgiveness, given and received, is a miracle drug that heals profound relationship wounds. Take this heavenly pill from God regularly. You will probably need it every day, sometimes many times a day.
Why is that we cannot delete the consequences of our lives like we delete text messages?
APPLY THE WORD
Do you need to give or receive forgiveness? We need forgiveness from God when we sin. We have to forgive others. We sometimes have to forgive ourselves. If forgiveness is needed in your life, do something about it today.
Thank the LORD for the blessing of forgiveness through Jesus’s death on the cross for our sins.