There is a daily struggle that goes on inside of me. It probably happens in you, too. To forgive or not to forgive. Why should I be motivated to forgive? What if holding someone's sins close to my heart is the only power I have? What do I have left if I let that prize loose?
Here are a couple of things I've learned about forgiveness, but not from a book. I gained this knowledge through an intimate, nurturing relationship with my wounds.
- Forgiveness is more for the forgiver than the forgiven
- Unforgiveness chains you to the un-forgiven one
Luke 4:18 says that Jesus came to set the captives free...
"to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness" (Is 42:7).
Everything Jesus did and commands is for our healing and freedom
He is the Redeemer, the One Who paid the price to ransom us from slavery. God the Father "rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son. Through Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins" (Col 1:13-14).
In Luke 6:37 Jesus said:
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Here's what's at stake: Freedom.
Forgiveness is about your freedom or your imprisonment.