Saying “I’m sorry” isn’t as hard as saying “I forgive you.” For a long time, I thought forgiving someone meant I was validating that whatever the other person did was ok. However, the truth about forgiveness isn’t that you’re condoning someone’s actions, but rather trusting that God is just.
“The Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” (Isaiah 30:18)
When we choose to forgive, we put our faith and hope in God and walk towards freedom and peace. We can’t move forward with our lives or walk into all God has for us if we are chained to past offenses.
Today, I urge your to release any unforgiveness you have. Maybe it’s to a family member, friend, or husband. Regardless of whom or what needs to be forgiven, I can assure you this won’t be the last time you offer those freedom releasing words by saying, “I forgive you.” However, I do know it will be renewing, refreshing, and bring joy to your spirit. Forgiveness is also one of the most powerful things in a relationship. It has the power to heal and mend brokenness while uniting the soul. Don’t let Satan use unforgiveness as a stronghold in your life. Ask God for the power to overcome and the spirit of mercy!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)