If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9
If there is one lesson that the Lord teaches us all it is how to we are to learn to be good forgivers. It’s a lesson that we are constantly learning and that we will never stop experiencing. We all learn the hard way how to forgive at some point in our lives. Some of us learn it early on and it becomes like second nature while others have to repeat the same problem over and over before we get it.
With some people we learn how to be really great forgivers. But with others we tend to have to go through many trials of learning how to forgive. We are all blessed in that the Lord didn’t make us all the same so that we can learn from one another. Proverbs 27:17 states it this way, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
You may be friends with someone who is really great at forgiving their family yet you may be really terrible at forgiving your family. It may be difficult for you to see what your friend sees as second nature and vice versa.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ” -Mark 11:25
There is a quote by C.S Lewis that summarizes this scripture:
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
That is the truth of this scripture reference, forgive the people in your life because God has forgiven you. It seems so easy but when you are faced with having to forgive others in your life I pray you are reminded how quickly the Lord forgave you of your sins. No matter how deep your heart has been torn into pieces then we wonder what is next? Well, God tells us to forgive that person that wronged us so deeply. Not because they deserve it but because forgiveness has a way of releasing us from that pain that wrecked us beyond what we think is repairable. Your hurt is repairable because that sin is forgivable.