Do you feel like you keep trying to see some things happen in your life but it’s like hitting a brick wall? Or maybe you’ve been waiting for healing and haven’t seen it happen yet? Choosing forgiveness in your life can bring breakthrough in these areas.
I have a very real question to ask you. Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive?
Unforgiveness Creates Blocks
The only person that unforgiveness truly harms is yourself. When you keep bitterness, hurt and pain trapped inside your heart, it can prevent you from moving forward in your life.
I have heard testimonies from people who were sick or their body was in pain, and no matter how much they prayed, they didn’t see their healing. It wasn’t until they forgave the person they needed to forgive that they saw the pain in their body leave.
I see a picture with closed doors when I think about unforgiveness. When forgive others like our friends, family, co-workers, we open the doors to our heart which brings breakthrough in our lives. When the doors to our heart are open, God can use us and mold us into who He’s called us to be.
How Often Should We Forgive?
“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
Jesus tells us to forgive people over and over again.
Let me be clear. Jesus tells us to forgive others. That doesn’t mean we don’t operate in wisdom. You can forgive someone who hurt and have healthy boundaries about what parts of your life you share with them.
Forgiveness Brings Forgiveness
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
We are not perfect and require a lot of forgiveness which our heavenly Father freely gives. His one ask is that you forgive others. Jesus modeled to us how to live of life free of offense and unforgiveness.
It is valid as a human to feel pain and hurt. It’s just not healthy to stay. My encouragement to you is let yourself process through your emotions and the pain and then choose forgiveness.
How Do I Forgive?
One of the biggest ways I’ve learned how to forgive someone who wronged me or hurt me is to ask the Lord to show me His heart for that person. I lay the unforgiveness in my heart at the cross and ask Jesus to help me love the person who hurt me.
Here’s a simple prayer you can pray:
Jesus, I forgive (insert name) for (insert offense). I lay down any pain or hurt at the foot of the cross. Would you show me how to love (insert name) how you love them. Thank you for healing my heart and showing me how to navigate forgiveness. Amen.
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