September 25, 2021

by Kimberly Hobbs 

We all need freedom from the grasps of unforgiveness. Many are wronged by another and have developed a very thick layer of an unforgiving heart. The wounds are so deep that it takes God’s intervention to break through the walls to true forgiveness.
God’s forgiveness is part of who He is, He made a way of forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ in order to reach Him.
Our own character should reflect forgiveness despite what our flesh burdens us with. God did not put stipulations on forgiveness when it came to forgive us. It was a free gift if we believed by faith in Christ’s shed blood as remission for our sinful behavior.
We can become angry or upset and have that right to such things, but if we are walking in mercy ourselves, we ought to embrace mercy for others just as God has granted mercy to us.
I find myself talking to God on this topic often. God loves others as much as He loves me and only God can declare His judgment upon other’s wrongful behaviors, not me. We need to leave our issues we have when it comes to others in God’s hands. It is then and only then we really exercise this “practice of obedience”. God is the only judge of a person’s heart. We need to forgive as Christ has forgiven us, without conditions.
Please think about the many times God forgives you. He can help you with the process of healing your heart to forgive others. We also need to learn to forgive ourselves so we can become stronger, free, and confident as we walk forward in our faith and as we demonstrate examples of “mercy” within ourselves.
(Matthew 6:14-15) “When you pray, make sure you forgive the fault of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father will not forgive you.”