FORGIVE & FORGET
In Greek the word FORGIVENESS means “to let go”. Unforgiveness is very TOXIC to your health. Forgiveness, in my opinion, means you offer mercy. When someone is guilty they would pray “Father have mercy on his soul”. When someone is not guilty you would seek justice. So forgiveness means you extend the undeserved grace, that you, yourself, found at the foot of the cross, to that person. It means you are hoping your prosecutor finds reconciliation with God.
What does forgiving and forgetting look like?
STEP 1 – Read Isaiah 43:25. What significance do you find in this scripture about God’s forgiveness? Write this down in your Prayer Journal.
It is God’s choice to overlook our sin for the sake of our relationship with him. It is the type of FORGETFULNESS that accompanies genuine forgiveness.
Here lies the problem, forgiveness is a BIG IDEA, it is for people who are big enough to see the bigger picture. When you can start forgiving people, is when you can start distinguishing between weakness and wickedness. Sometimes when people hurt you it is because they do it out of weakness and not wickedness. You were the victim of their weakness. And how arrogant of us to think we have no weaknesses of our own. Maybe not to an extent to hurt someone, but we all react out of weakness too.
Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”.
Your reason for not forgiving is, because he/she is guilty right? Have mercy on his/her soul. Do what God did for you. There are situations and relationships that still hold you hostage in some way, and without you knowing, it has an impact on your health.
I permit you to be the judge of your own freedom, now and forever. LET IT GO!!!
Day 62 Mental Health Tip
Forgive them even if they are not sorry.