Forgiveness is one topic I love to blog about. Forgiveness is the divine gift that is offered to us by Jesus Christ in exchange for our faith in His blood sacrifice and then the circle goes on and on.
Jesus' most important lesson to all of us is forgiveness for one another. Our high regard for our Lord must also manifest in our relationship with each other. If Jesus can forgive us so easily and all He ever asks for is our faith, then we must forgive each other just as easily as He forgives us. Living a life of forgiveness, not holding grudges can only benefit us. If we refuse to give mercy, it will not only be difficult for us to receive it, but we also hinder others from forgiving us.
Bitterness can ruin our soul. The power of bitterness is destructive because pride usually gets in the way. Pride is the product of our belief that we are better than anyone else and when someone wrongs us, holding on to the ace card only hurts us in the end. Bitterness not only troubles us, but it also defiles others.
Unforgiveness destroys relationships. It causes a myriad of physical ailments such as high blood pressure, ulcer, headaches, even cancer. We also face the danger of our children following in our footsteps. Holding grudges is not an option. We must love and forgive or we decay.
Remember what Jesus said to one of His disciples. Not only should we forgive 7 times, but 7 times 70. (Matthew 18:21-22) Jesus is perfect and we are not. So if He can forgive a plethora of our sins, who are we not to?
Until my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!