Who among you hasn’t trespassed before?. Why not forgive your friend’s trespasses and live like family?. For in doing so you will feel the Lord’s blessings in your life.
To live as a Christian is not something so easy and no one should take it lightly, the cross you should carry and follow Jesus Christ is heavy, It takes commitment, self-denial, faith, and love to follow the steps of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness in life comes with a reward from God. It’s a godly act that fulfills your responsibility as a fallible man.
The Bible has a lot of moral lessons for us and all these lessons teach us to live godly lives which in the end will yield a reward for all righteous men in Christ Jesus. Today’s biblical lesson is about forgiveness in life; there is a saying that goes like “to err is human, to forgive is divine.”
Anytime you forgive someone, you release negative energy and break free from the Devil’s controlling power.
You may like to take a detour to these 30 inspiring verses about forgiveness to better understand the will of God concerning how and why we must forgive our trespassers.
In life, we are all vulnerable to mistakes because we are all imperfects. Surely, a time will come, a friend, family member, colleague, coworker, a stranger will offend you and the Bile says when this very offender approaches you and ask for forgiveness you should forgive him. No matter how big the trespass is. If you fail to forgive your offender, God too wouldn’t forgive you your trespasses (Matthew 6:15).
The Bible reads:
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).
The Temptations And It’s Forgiveness In Life
The life we are living is full of annoying people who will often step on your toes, push you to the wall to react to their obsessions. They will provoke you through many ways but if you are a Christian, the Bible is your source of guidance and it says you must forgive that person who has made you furious.
Retaliation or vengeance is not needed, instead, be sober and forgive your friend who has offended you when he approaches you and asks for forgiveness. The word of God has made us understand that no matter the number of times he offends you when he comes back and asks for forgiveness you should forgive. Jesus stated that this way;
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord how oft shall my brother sin against me, that I forgive?, till seven times?.Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee seven times: But, until seventy times seven“(Matthew 18:21-22).
The above teaching from Jesus Christ will make a lot of Christians open their mouths in dismay because they cannot count that huge amount of times a friend would offend us for as to forgive to a certain number.
It is unlimited times. The main idea here is to forget about unforgiveness. It is hard though, but that is what should show the world that you are a true Christian.
When a friend offends you, forgive him, when he slaps you, turn the other cheek for him too. That is hard but you must apply that in your life. Don’t hide hatred in your heart…..how long can you hide hatred in your heart? a lifetime?. Be meek and forgiving for your reward is in heaven. Forgiveness has both mental and spiritual healing.
“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”(Matthew 5:5).
Forgiveness in life should become the hallmark of every Christian, although sometimes it is so hard for the sake of God to forgive so that God too will forgive you your trespass. Is there anyone who has offended you bitterly that you want to avenge?.
Oh no! Vengeance is not yours — leave that to God. Because he is the righteous judge. However, you may decide to pray these prayers against your enemies. King David did that and God vindicated him from all the snares of his enemies.
I am reminding you to follow the instructions in the Bible and forgive your friend. In doing so your father in heaven would be glorified and he will bless you for your meekness. You have the natural feeling of getting angry, there is no sin in getting angry, but the scriptures say; don’t let the sunset on your anger. Forgive and forget.
If you resent too much about a friend’s sins or mistakes you may be a tool for the Devil. He will use you to cause troubles or destruction. The spirit of unforgiveness might fuel you to sin against God.
Pray to have the strength to forgive your offenders. That is for Christ’s sake. Your reward for this obedience will come from God.
To forgive someone who has wronged you is a good example of a true Christian. It is a command from God to do that. Therefore, you have zero valid reasons not to forgive your offender. If you ever do that in life God will never forgive your sins. You may then end up in eternal damnation.