Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. We are so glad to have you join us today for another devotion. Today we are going to be diving into the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness can be hard but it is something we all need and Jesus forgave us for everything. Let’s dive into it!
(The inspiration for today’s devotion was from, “I Can Only Imagine” the movie. It is an amazingly, beautiful story of forgiveness. Grab some friends and go watch it!)
Forgiveness– the act of forgiving (to stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone).
Have you ever done something that hurt or upset someone else? Did you feel guilty for what you did? Did you ask for forgiveness and more importantly, were you forgiven?
Those questions are a great way to start this devotion. If you answered those questions honestly then you and I are in the same boat.
We all stuff up, it is human nature. We are full on sin and that causes us today do things that hurt or upset others. But God has given us the ability to forgive. We can let go of any hurt and reconcile with the person who hurt us.
In the bible there are plenty of times where people have messed up and been forgiven. Jacob and Esau is a great example of forgiveness. Jacob deceived his father into giving the birth right to him, then he fled to escape Esau who wanted to kill him. Years later they met again.
“But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.”
“Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said. But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.””
Esau chose to forgive Jacob after all that he did. Although Esau was in a place of anger (he wanted to kill Jacob), he was still able to forgive.
We also have Joseph who was sold into slavery by his very brothers.
“Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.”
Joseph was able to forgive.
I am sure none of us have been sold into slavery but we all have been hurt by someone. You may be holding onto that pain and that hurt, let me tell you something. That pain that you are holding, it’s hurting you not them. You need to let it go.
I hear you say: But what do I if someone keeps hurting me? How many time do I need to forgive them?
“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.””
Jesus answers this question beautifully with this parable.
“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.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.””
Do you see the importance of forgiveness? It is so deadly to hold onto pain and not forgive. We often forget what Jesus did for us.
We are traitors of the King of the Universe. We committed treason and tried to take control, yet He forgave us. That meant Jesus, God’s only son had to die for us. He paid the ultimate price to forgive us. We struggle to forgive, Jesus had to die to forgive.
I love the lyrics from “Forgiveness” by TobyMac.
‘…But those forgiven much , should be quicker to give it
And God forgave me for it all Jesus bled forgiveness
So when the stones fly and they aimed at you
Just say forgive ’em father they know not that they do…’
Jesus forgave us from so much, we should have no hesitation to forgive people who sin against us.
1 Kings 8:50
“And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their captors to show them mercy;”
We have sinned against God and we need forgiveness before we can truly forgive others. When we accept Jesus’ love we are truly set free.
So how can you forgive someone who has wronged you?
1. Ask God– seek God and ask for His help. When we are struggling to forgive someone, we need to allow God’s love to soften our hearts.
2. Read The Bible– when we don’t know what to do, read God’s word. It is truth and will direct your path. Even if you Google verses to help you, it is crucial that you have God’s truth in your life.
3. Speak With The Person– if you are struggling to forgive someone, meet with them and chat about it. Make sure you make it clear. Discuss what the problem was and how you can fix it. Make sure you forgive and you don’t hold onto anything. The same goes for when someone else asks for your forgiveness, be quick to give it.
We have been forgiven so much, we should not hesitate to forgive others.
Let’s share the love of Jesus everywhere we go!
The Faith Filled Friends