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Forgiveness Equals Peace

This is the day the Lord has made, so let's rejoice and be glad in it! Thank you guys for tuning in!


I want to talk about forgiveness, and why it's very important to us. Before I begin, let me just clarify that this is just as important to me as it is to all of you. Not only am I writing this for my own accountability, but for your encouragement as well. We can all use both. Remember, this is a community blog, and a community post. That being said, let's dive into this.


Some of you may have your own reason why you choose not to forgive someone. It could be infidelity, betrayal, abuse (towards yourself or someone else in your family), or even something as little as an insult. Whatever your reason is, you do have every right to be angry about it. Being angry is not a sin. How you respond is a totally different story. If you are choosing to not forgive someone, it will not matter to that person. That will matter to you.


We all need to understand that, regardless of the reason, forgiveness is important if you want peace. You will never be able to move on if you are unwilling to forgive. Also, if you are unwilling to forgive, God is unable to forgive you. Unforgiveness will eventually land you into hell.


Yes, there is a special place for you if you have any unforgiveness or hatred in your heart, no matter how good of a person you think you are.


This is going to be a sensitive subject, and I'm going to trigger some pain points. If you can't handle that, I suggest you stop reading now.


Still here? Okay, let's go.


If you are still here, you have dealt with something so traumatic that you're not even comfortable sharing it with a therapist. You were probably abused as a child, or you've had a child who was abused. Or maybe you experienced something like sexual assault, or you probably experienced domestic violence whether as a victim or a witness. Maybe, just maybe, you have experienced someone stealing money from you. Whatever it was, yes, you have every right to be angry with the ones who have done this to you or your loved ones. As I said earlier, how you respond is the important thing. You can think about killing this person all you want, but it's the action behind the thought that can and will land you in hot water with God.


Romans 12:19-21 says "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord". If you feel any conviction at all about what your actions will be, that is the Holy Spirit talking to you.


Also, simply hating someone for any reason is not what God wants. Leviticus 19:17-18 clearly says “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord".


In God's eyes, sin is sin whether it's telling a white lie or keeping a secret, or simply killing someone without any hesitation or remorse. God doesn't care if you are a liar, an adulterer, a pedophile, a rapist, or a murderer. Sin is sin, and in His eyes, all sin is equal. Why do you think he sent His only son to die on the cross for all of us?


I know at least some of you will agree, but I suggest you pray about this. I told you that I was going to hit some pain points. Still with me?


As I said, God wants you to be angry, but not retaliate. Ephesians 4:26-27 says "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil". Do not let the sun go down on your anger? If you've read my Anabolic vs Catabolic blog entry, this applies to that post.


So, what does God want you to do? Simply give it to Him. Cast your cares upon Him. He wants to take these burdens you have in your heart, and He wants to give you rest. He wants you to trust in Him.


But what about the ones that did you wrong, you might ask? Forgive them. Confess to the Lord that you forgive them, and let Him handle it. That's all He wants is for you to trust Him enough to allow Him to work on your behalf. I would also encourage praying for their repentance instead of condemning them or wishing any harm towards them. Proverbs 24:17 says "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles".


Also, understand this: whatever wrong that was done against you is the work of evil. Yes, those people have made decisions. They have chosen not to listen to the Holy Spirit, and instead, they have chosen to listen to the enemy and do whatever it was they wanted to do. They are lost souls. This is not an excuse for their behavior, whatever it was. All of that was the work of evil. Here's something else you probably will not want to read: God wants to redeem them, and use them for His glory!


God wants His will to be done, and His will is for all of His children to come home. Sadly, not everyone will make it. People are going to rebel, ignore God's voice, and ignore the gospel. Pride will get in the way. It's happening now. If you are choosing not to forgive someone, even if it is your only sin, you will become one of the casualties.


Last thing: That person you may choose not to forgive just might give his life to Jesus before he or she dies, and that person just might go to heaven. David committed adultery and had the wife's husband killed. Paul killed thousands of Christians. Peter denied Jesus three times. Moses didn't even know who he was, and he also murdered someone. God used all of them for His glory. He can do the same for the very person you are holding a grudge against.


Let go of the grudge. If you want peace in your life, you need to let go of the grudge. Pray about this as soon as you are done reading this. Whether you choose to have anything to do with that person is your choice. No one says you have to allow that person in your life (I wouldn't). If you do want to move forward, you must forgive with your heart, and then you can move on with your life.


Until next time, God bless.


- The Freedom Runner




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