Forgive, not because it was okay but because God promises peace from it. Peace for YOU. Photo: PEXEL/Magda Ehlers

Forgive us Lord, just as we forgive others

Forgiveness is one of the most freeing things you can gift yourself and others, FOR YOU. Learn how to do that with Jesus Christ.


Forgive, not because it was okay but because God promises peace from it. Peace for YOU. Photo: PEXEL/Magda Ehlers

There are so many scriptures regarding the necessity of forgiveness. God’s word is crystal clear on this

“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.”

Matthew 6:12

How often don’t we glibly call upon God’s mercy for forgiveness, and yet we are not prepared to offer the same mercy to others?

32 Then his lord called the man and said to him, O evil servant! I forgave  you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Was it not right also that you should have had  compassion on your fellow, just as I had pity on you?”

Matthew 18: 32-33

Jesus, the picture of forgiveness

We need a deep revelation of what Jesus, our Passover Lamb, has done for us, so that we are able to forgive others. Remember the picture of the veil in the Temple being torn in two when Christ died  on the cross, allowing us access to God? Only once the veil over our hearts has been torn in two, can  we get a glimpse into the truth of this scripture: 

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)

Our names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life, because of the price Jesus paid for our  forgiveness, but there is 1 proviso: we too need to forgive! 

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also  forgive you. 15 But if you will not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you  your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:14

Sadly, we can be earnest in our desire to serve the Lord, perhaps even in prominent positions in the  church, speaking in tongues and operating in His gifts, but God looks at the heart. To God,  obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Jesus said: “Blessed rather are those who hear  the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:27-28) 

We need to be like the 5 wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), who were permanently ready with oil in  their lamps, awaiting their bridegroom’s return.

Forgiveness is for YOU

Whether the end of the world is coming soon or not, we never know when our time will be up on  this earth, so we need to be ready! We need to keep short accounts with God and man, so that our  hearts are permanently prepared. Let us allow the holiness of God to pierce our hearts, so that we can be filled with the gift of repentance and in turn, forgive others.  

To forgive someone means that you make a conscious decision to release feelings of resentment or  vengeance towards a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually  deserve your forgiveness.  

There is a common saying: “Unforgiveness is like drinking the poison that was meant for the one  who hurt you”.  

Don’t wait for them to say sorry, leaving you in a state of entrapment. Bitterness leads to a victim  spirit which in turn leads to ill-health – both mentally and physically. It is just not worth it! 

“forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a quarrel  against another. Just as Christ forgave you, so also should you do.”

Colossians 3:13

Let us not insult the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29). Let God deal with them – His ways are far more  effective anyway – and instead, surrender yourself to Him who judges justly! (1 Peter 2:23) 

Forgiveness does not mean you are saying that what happened was acceptable. You can  acknowledge your emotions about the hurt done to you, but then make a decision of your will to let  it go, so that you are set free to move on. 

Forgiveness is key to our peace

By forgiving, you are declaring these beautiful truths in the spirit realm: 

1. That you trust God regardless, knowing that He is able to work all things together for your good, just as He has promised (Romans 8:28) 

2. That the enemy has no hold over you, because God will forgive you your sins, just as you have  forgiven others (Ephesians 4:27) 

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you  will have it, and it will be done for you. 25 And when you stand and pray, forgive, if you have anything  against any person, so that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Mark 11:24-25


Father, thank you so much for making a way for me to be forgiven through the blood of your only begotten Son. Please help me forgive from the heart, just as you have forgiven me. You are worthy of my all. 


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