The subject of forgiveness is one which many people struggle with. There are always responses, questions, and alters flooded when you teach on the subject of needing to forgive someone for what they may have done to us. I understand this because we seem to live in a day where offenses are everywhere. Offenses strain family relationships, destroy friendships, causes ill feelings in the work place, and needless division in churches. Therefore the need to forgive is obvious.
However, that is not the subject of this article. REPENTANCE is!
You can do a piece on forgiveness and get a lot of reads, but I want you to know the subject of repentance needs to be of equal or greater importance to us. We need to learn to repent as quickly as we need to forgive. Repentance in its simplest understanding means to turn or to have a change of mind about something. Sometimes we to need to repent of our ugly attitude before we ask how to forgive. Sometimes we need to repent of our own offense towards another individual before we can forgive them. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA! We “get right” with God first and then He gives us the GRACE to forgive more freely.
God will always receive a repentant heart. Always, always, always. The blood of Jesus provides us the covering for our sin. 1 John 1:9 is clear on this when it states “if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness”. I repeat God always receives a repentant heart. Repentance/turning from that which is “ugly” in the sight of God always brings forgiveness…which in turn allows forgiveness.
It is the trap of the devil to offend you and then keep you in the offense. It becomes a self-inflicted prison. The trap is wicked to the core! Repentance on our own end may be the key that allows us to forgive. Pride may be what keeps us from it. Kill it and be free.