The importance of forgiveness

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I FORGIVE my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 NIV

We need to/and forgive(ness) from all angles. From friends, wives, husbands, parents etc

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness- Robert Muller.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong-Mahatma Gandhi.

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget- Thomas S. Szasz

Forgiveness is ‘to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt‘

Forgiveness is to live as nothing has happened. Forgiveness may be human and/or divine.

The best reason to forgive is because Jesus commanded us to forgive. We learn from Scripture, if we don’t forgive, neither will we be forgiven

Matthew 6:14-16 says that, for if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The Different Aspects Of Forgiveness Are

  • God’s forgiveness, which is necessary for salvation and His favor toward you.
  • Your forgiveness of others. This is necessary for your own health. It will also release others to receive God’s favor.
  • Self-forgiveness. This is necessary for your own health spiritually, mentally and physically

To love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbour as yourself, means to experience forgiveness and to forgive others as well as yourself. (Lord’s Prayer, in Matthew 6:12.)

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”(Psalm 103:10-12). “I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

After knowing God has forgiven you, and after forgiving others who have wronged you, there should be no barrier to hinder you from forgiving yourself. By faith, accept God’s Word in Isaiah 43:18,19.

We also forgive so that our prayers will not be hindered: Mark 11:25 and when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

The Bible instructs us to forgive as the Lord forgave us:

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

How do we forgive when we don’t feel like it? How do we translate the decision to forgive into a change of heart?

We forgive by faith, out of obedience.

We must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not.

We must trust God to do the work in us that needs to be done so that the forgiveness will be complete.

Forgiving is something that a person does for himself and not for somebody else.

Relief from depression and resentment

More restful sleep

Longer life

Increased happiness

Friendlier, more tolerant
• More successful
• Ability to establish new relationships
• Peace of mind