THE BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was reminded one day of a vicious deed that someone had done to her years before. But she acted as if she had never even heard of the incident. “Don’t you remember it?” her friend asked. “No,” came Barton’s reply, “I distinctly remember forgetting it.” It is better to forgive the injustices of the past than to allow them to remain, let bitterness take root and poison the rest of your life.
There are certain steps that we should experience when we forgive others and getting forgiveness from God. We must get forgiveness from God. Confession is integral of this process. This is only possible because of what Jesus has done for us. Confession intersects with our reality. David says; “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.Open confession is good for the soul because confession like David’s is the intersecting of truth with the reality of how were living. Here David was just beginning to admit his failure and see where he stood with God. Secondly, getting forgiveness from others. Seeking out forgiveness by acknowledging wrongdoing. Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Thirdly, giving forgiveness to others. We can forgive others seventy times seven. Forgiving someone else is really for you, not them.
Written by Surendra Sahu, India.