FORGIVENESS AND HEALING: YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER.
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When Jesus went to the cross for our sins, He in fact saw to it that every negative/evil thing we carried was “forgiven;” through His sacrifice, all sins were forgiven and healing could begin for those who wanted to follow Christ and the New Covenant. Jesus brought into this world the ability for you to forgive your brothers and sisters of their sins against you and yours against them. While traveling between cities, Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray; part of what He said was, “Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors” in other words, forgive those you owe as well as allow them to forgive you of your debt to them.
Have you ever had a friend who offended you in some way and the two of you turned your backs on each other and just stopped talking? Then, months, maybe even years later you made amends and couldn’t believe how long it had been since you talked. Do you remember the feeling you had when you and your friend just sat down and talked for the first time in a very long time? Think about it, it’s a wonderful feeling to let go of emotional pain that you’ve been carrying around for absolutely no reason.
Forgiveness is not an easy thing to go through; you may carry hard feelings about someone or something for years and not even realize it’s a problem; when do realize it’s time to empty your wastebasket and you don’t really know what to do; say a prayer to God, ask Him how to seek forgiveness; or in some cases, offer your forgiveness which may even come automatically as you heal from the situation.
Asking God for the forgiveness of your sins is exactly what you are doing when you forgive someone here on earth. Once you begin forgiving others, you will find that your entire fundamental nature will change; change to one of a positive, happy nature; in this, you are healing from the burden of “should I pray about it?” Ask Jesus what and who you’re forgiving; are you in the act of forgiving someone else, or is it actually you that needs the forgiveness? When we engage in the act of forgiving someone for things in your recent or long-distance past, you are not only forgiving that person but you are actually healing yourself; being healed of the feelings and attitudes you have had about that person or situation. By forgiving, or letting go of those harmful and sometimes destructive feelings you start the process of healing your own mind and body. In the mind, you will release the thoughts and feelings you had about the situation and in the body, you will heal the negative feelings that can cause you anxiety, discomfort, and even illness.
Bible Verses About Forgiveness And Healing
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
NOTE: You should be ready to forgive others at all times. Here God is telling you that if you are not willing to forgive others for their sins against you; then why should He who is in heaven, forgive you. If your heart is not willing to open up to others and let go of petty hurts you’ve received from them, then how can you ask your heavenly Father to forgive the same situation in you?
Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
NOTE: If God is willing to forgive you “every time you ask” no matter what the sin (other than the unforgivable sin: blaspheme against the Holy Spirit), no matter how many times someone sins against you, if they return and ask for your forgiveness, in the essence of the love you must give it just as God would give it to you.
Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
NOTE: You should never go to God in prayer asking for something with anger or discontent for another. Search your heart and make sure you are ready to forgive the situation you are holding inside. Allow God to make you complete and remove all the debts you may have against another.
Luke 6:37-38 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
NOTE: In this scripture, God sends the message that only if you are able to forgive others, you will receive that same forgiveness. Again, what you sow, you will reap. When you have difficulties with someone, you should try to resolve the issues as quickly as you can otherwise you may find the situation has become uncontrollable and your friendship falls away. Don’t allow that to happen, let your pride down and be the first to apologize for your actions and ask for forgiveness. Take the first step.
Luke 17:1-4 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone though whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.
NOTE: The definition in the dictionary of “Pride” is: “a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” Humans do not have a good handle on pride; If you see someone in a disagreement with another, you can usually figure out which of them has a pride issue that should be addressed. The one who lifts their head and turns to walk away is the one who needs to check his pride level. Address your prayers to God asking for deliverance from prideful issues, and to give an understanding about what harmful things an excess of pride can bring you.
Colossians 3:13-15 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as a member of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
NOTE: This scripture is very clear with its contents; it shows you the way God wants you to be; how to act; how to react to others; most important why and how we must shower everyone we meet with His love and ours.
Throughout this article, you’ve been given information on how to be humble, forgive all who offended you, and love everyone. If you have a problem with any of these subjects then open prayer to God and ask for his assistance. He is always there and always willing to give you what you need to keep living on this earth without “having to have it all.” Show God how very much you love, honor, respect, fear, and are in awe of Him, His Son Jesus Christ, and the magnificent Holy Spirit.
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