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Forgiveness – The Key to Freedom and Healing

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Forgiveness, and the freedom and healing it brings into your life when you choose to forgive, is one of the spiritual laws that God has put in place to govern our actions in this life.

By Maria Vernon, May 27, 2013

Forgiveness is one of those beautiful spiritual principles that works no matter who is preaching or practicing it. Even those of other faiths or beliefs find that forgiveness is the right choice—that if they choose to forgive, it brings blessings into their lives—happiness, relief, healing, peace.

Forgiveness, and the freedom and healing it brings into your life when you choose to forgive, is one of the spiritual laws that God has put in place to govern our actions in this life. It’s like the principles of gratitude, giving, or humility. You don’t have to know Jesus or be a Christian to see those spiritual principles work wonders in your life. God made it that way, because when people choose to forgive, they are choosing to love in spite of pain, to humble their pride and take what seems like the lower seat, to let go of resentment and revenge and retribution. God blesses those choices and there are clear rewards attached to them.

However, as you know, choosing to forgive is hard. It’s not easy to forgive; it goes against human inclination and pride and the desire for fairness. When you’ve been hurt, it’s not easy to let go of the hurt or move past it. Especially for someone who doesn’t have much love in their life, or doesn’t know God’s love, it’s practically a miracle when they can find the strength to forgive. In fact, it is a miracle. It’s a miracle of love, a miracle of divine strength.

Whether someone has a relationship with Jesus or not, when they are trying to forgive, in a sense, their spirit reaches out to God, and He hears their cry and throws His power behind them to help them have the strength to choose rightly. Even if they aren’t consciously crying out to Him, if they want to forgive, they are in essence choosing God’s love, humility, truth, and mercy—attributes of God’s Spirit—through their choice to forgive, and God honors that and blesses and rewards them for it.

If those who don’t know Jesus can make the choice to forgive, how much more should we, who have received and experienced Jesus’ ultimate love and forgiveness, be compelled to give forgiveness freely to those who have wronged us?

There are so many opportunities when we have to make the choice to forgive. Life is full of them. From little idiosyncrasies on someone’s part, to unintentional hurts, to repeated mistakes, to willful wrongs, to actual evil and malice, or actions with irreparable consequences, the choice is still the same, and it’s still in our court—we can choose whether to forgive. And whether the transgression was a big one or a small one, forgiveness allows us to heal and move on, whereas a lack of forgiveness will stop our growth and will eventually start to poison our spirit.

Choosing to forgive is not something you have to feel like doing. You don’t have to feel that the person deserves forgiveness. They don’t even have to be sorry or acknowledge that they’ve done anything wrong.

Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves, and we do it for Jesus. We do it because it’s the only way to heal. We do it because it will help us to be happier; it will set us free from resentment, bitterness, and misery. And we do it for Jesus because He gave everything for us so that we could be forgiven, so how can we do any less? He took the sins of the world on His shoulders so that He could forgive any sin—past, present, or future; small, major, or absolutely devastating. His forgiveness knows no limits. With all that He has given to us, can we place a limit on what we will give to others?

If there is anything in your past that you haven’t been able to forgive, I pray that this article will be an encouragement to you in your journey toward forgiveness. After all, Jesus said that in order to be forgiven, you must forgive.

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