Hello friends. I pray that all has been well with you since we last talked. In this blog, I want to talk about forgiveness and what it means to forgive. Is there someone in your life who has wronged you… Read More ›
To forgive is to stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense, flaw, or misunderstanding, right? Not so fast! That is the way the carnal mind defines forgiveness. When we pardon wrong we make a conscious decision, therefore, forgiveness has nothing to do with the way we feel. It does, however, mean that we choose to release the offense, or excuse the offender. When we condone wrong we make a conscious decision, therefore, forgiveness has nothing to do with feelings.
Too often we let our feelings get in the way of forgiveness because it feels good to hold on to our sentiments of being wronged. The only way to truly overlook, pardon, or otherwise excuse someone who has wronged us is to experience God’s love. Forgiveness is one of God’s characteristics. As an expression of His unfathomable love, God offered up His Son as a sacrifice to redeem us from death. This is how we know God forgives: He forgave us of a debt that we could never pay. By faith in His Son, we are forgiven.