Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Matthew 6:12 - And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Forgiveness is easily one of the most difficult things that we are commanded to do as Christians. First off, we have to be able to actually forgive ourselves for all the times we have done things that we remember that make us hit ourselves when we let our minds drift off and think about them. On top of forgiving ourselves we have to be able to both ask for forgiveness from others (actually admitting that we are wrong) and forgive others. That’s a whole lot of forgiveness! Jesus sure is asking a lot, isn’t he? The simple answer to that is yes, he is asking a lot of us. But he is asking us to do all this because we have been forgiven and the only thing that is stopping us from forgiving is ourselves.
I personally have a difficult time with forgiveness. I will see someone on Facebook that I went to Middle or High School with and the memories of the terrible ways that they treated me come flooding back. I don’t want to forgive them, I mostly want to forget that those people exist and move on. Heck, I don’t want to forgive some of my own family members for things that they have done. I’m sure that you have some people in your life that you feel the exact same about, right? But the thing is that Jesus loves them, died for them, and is willing to forgive them the exact same as he has forgiven me and you.
Whoever it is in your own life, whether it is one person or multiple, or even yourself, search for forgiveness. Let go of the hurt in your own life and attempt to view that person as God views them, with love. Move beyond the pride, humble yourself and forgive whoever it is in your own life that has hurt you. Jesus has forgiven us in spite of all the times that we have willfully sinned, let’s choose to live and love like him, and forgive those who have hurt us.