The only time that God will not forgive us is when we refuse to forgive others. We have this amazing God who cuts us breaks at every corner. Even the worst sinner can approach His throne and share the promise of eternal life. But, He will not forgive if we don’t forgive.
That tells me that forgiveness is huge to God - the one thing God will NOT forgive us for. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to do anything to make God mad at me. That should be our utmost desire - to please God. That desire should come before our spouse, our jobs, our children and our families. (Check out my blog on priorities - August 21st and 24th.)
If you struggle with forgiveness, take it to God. Jesus took those sorrows to the cross with Him. We need to be able to continually hand those struggles over to Him, lay them at the cross - especially unforgiveness.
Ask Him to help you and He will show you the way. It may not be easy and may reveal some areas of your life you’d rather not look at. In the long run, though, you will only benefit from it. That is how God builds our character so we can fulfill the plans He has for us.
I know I have mentioned this numerous times before, but I feel it worthy of repeating once again. Remember, unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping the other person will die. It will kill you instead. Let go of it. Turn it over to God. Learn to forgive. Your life and your family will be blessed for it.
In Pastor Garcia’s sermon on “Forgiveness”, He ends with these words:
“Remember that every offense and conflict will prepare and enable you to better minister to others in the future. The world says, “Seeing is believing” and “You don’t understand what I’ve been through.” You will be able to say, “I know what you feel, I’ve been there, but I no longer have the pain.” When they ask why and how, share what Jesus has done for you.
Let’s walk in love and forgiveness. Remember, the greatest sermon another may ever experience is you asking them for forgiveness or forgiving them.”