Luke 6:37 Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Jesus tells us that if we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us. There are no ifs included. He didn’t add legitimate reasons not to forgive. He didn’t even tell us the hurt would be forgotten. He didn’t say it would be easy. He said to forgive without an apology. The person who hurt us may never acknowledge their actions. They may not ask for forgiveness, but still we are to forgive. No one said following Jesus would be easy.
“It takes courage to follow Jesus, and forgiveness is an example of courage. It takes courage to offer an apology, and Jesus asks us to set things straight on our end. It takes courage to let go and trust God.”¹
Today, we are to dare to forgive and decide not to speak negatively about the person who hurt us. Let’s try to speak positively about the other person and pray for them.
[Read Matthew 1-7]
Matthew 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
Search my heart for any unforgiveness. Enable me to let go of the hurt and offer forgiveness. Show me how. Amen.