Often at times, forgiving the harm done to us by others can be very difficult in doing. It’s that moment where you feel heavy burdened and angry at the actions metered out to you by others that tend to hurt a whole lot. We tend to harden our hearts and close every possible channel or door of reconciliation that could ever exist between those who offend us and ourselves. I guess we all have been down that road before huh? But it is quite important that we deal with this topic, so as to be a bit more informed about what it really stands for and if there really is the need to one acquiring this virtue. In a nutshell, we are going to view the act of forgiveness, the biblical and religious way. Does it really matter to posses this virtue as a Christian? Is it necessary to practice it, if yes, what is the bible’s voice on this? This and so many questions are going to be looked into using this platform. There are many quotes on forgiveness in the bible.
The word ‘FORGIVENESS’ in simple terms can be defined as an act of pardoning or letting go off the hurt a person has meted out to you. Forgiveness as we all know is widely used whenever there emerges one brawl or another between people or usually when things aren’t going that well between two people, making their relationship quite sour and a consequent hatred attracted towards one another by both parties. To forgive is a sign of saying you freely let go off all of the hurt that someone has meted out to you, causing so much pain. It is a way of bridging the gap of separation and animosity that exists between people not on equal terms in a relationship. Though quite easy in saying, forgiveness has become an impending challenge confronting many people out there, to a greater extent even Christians who are thought by the bible to practice forgiveness of one another. People no longer see the need in forgiving others but will much rather prefer to hold on to all what’s been done to them and a consequent rebelling or act of revenge seeking sought through one way or the other in setting oneself free. But is revenge the best form of setting oneself free from the pain inflicted on us by others?
The bible which serves as the source of guide, inspiration and strength for every Christian out there, in its content provides the right means of emulating the virtue of forgiveness. For one to be a Christian, the positive trait of forgiving others when they offend you should be made evident as one follows the faith. It’s a trait that could be linked with Jesus while he was here on earth and he never failed in his words of constantly telling and reminding us his flock to follow suit. We get a vivid account of the words of Jesus as portraying the true character of a leader in the book of Matthew 18:21-22….. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven. It is our topmost duty to learn the habit of forgiving others no matter the degree of harm inflicted upon us. It doesn’t really matter how many times a friend, a brother, a mother, a father or even a sister offends us, it us our topmost duty to let go off all that has been done and let life continue. As good Christians, we are supposed to follow and walk diligently in the shoes of our teacher, Jesus Christ. Keeping the hurt and bitterness inside of us as a result of others actions against us only goes to kill and darken the soul. It is our duty to let go and free our hearts of any hurt and pain from the past. Forgiveness is a gradual process which liberates us from the burden of carrying over our shoulders seamlessly needless pain and burdens. It places one very far from the negative burden of bitterness, anger, hatred, and jealousy, among others.
The bible reminds us in the book of to let go off all bitterness, wrath, anger, and every other negative expulsion of emotion you can think of, and be kind to one another, forgiving in the same manner that he, our father above forgives us. Another quote on forgiveness in the bible is Ephesians 4:31-32… Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. We are tasked to forgive one another, not keeping in our hearts the negatives of anger, wrath, and bitterness, among others. For in the same way that we offend our father in heaven but he’s able and willing to forgive us, so should we be able and willing to forgive one another. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and equally unworthy of the Lords mercy and grace. But for the love that he has for mankind, he is ever ready to forgive and take us back whenever we go to him and ask for pardon. If our father above forgives sins which are unimaginable, how much more we humans who receive minor treatments from our fellow beings yet are hardened in the heart to forgive and let go? In the likewise manner we refuse to forgive one another, so will our father above also, not forgive us. (Matthew 6: 15). Of what benefit is it to harden your heart and refuse to make peace with your brother? These are all quotes on forgiveness in the bible. While you go to bed each passing day, going down on your knees praying earnestly to your father above seeking the good from him, be reminded that he will not pay heed to your prayers if you conceal in your heart the wrong your brother does to you and refuse to forgive.
He said in his words that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. This is the best form of demonstration of love one can show a brother. Which kind of love can be greater than this?
The whole point of forgiveness is not just so we could pardon those who offend us….nope, it is the satisfaction obtained to free not only our minds and body physically off all of that pressure of having to deal with agonizing pain and torment of the past but to also spiritually gain internal peace with our souls! Nothing great can be achieved by being obstinate and refusing to pursue the word and instruction of God. To be a Christian, and a good one as that, you have to let your deeds depict that which you stand for and represent. Deciding to practice the Christian faith based on lukewarm ideals and attitudes, does not really qualify ones righteousness and purity in the sight of the lord. We owe it to ourselves to live exemplary lives, one that’s pleasing in the sight of God. Our lives as Christians should be able to attract and draw others into the faith as well. And the surest way in achieving this is to emulate the all important and vital virtues or character traits thought us by our father (God) in adhering to and practicing at all times.
Forgiveness in the Bible was written By: Chantelle Iris Nunoo.