There was a time in my life when I found it tasking to forgive people that hurt and disappoint me, but as the years moved forward and I grew older, I found that it takes more effort and energy to be upset and unforgiving than it does to forgive and move on. There are times that I find it harder than others to forgive, but oddly enough the forgiveness arrives, slowly but surely. Through Jesus Christ, Easter places emphasis on the importance of forgiveness. As a Christian it is important and absolutely necessary that we forgive and let live. The cross is symbolic in the sense it is the core of forgiveness.
As a person that forgives, I am learning that there are various levels to forgiveness. For instance, forgiveness does not require that we forget what has been done to us but instead our discernment motives should be strengthen. It is key that we understand what happen in order for us to forgive. Forgiveness also doesn’t mean that it is necessary to extend trust to someone that isn’t trust-worthy and forgiveness does not discredit or remove the actions of the person that has committed the betrayal. These actions will be heard before God when the offender of the incident repents.
Ephesians 4:26-27,31 says “And don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior”.
Easter is a season for forgiveness. I encourage you to give yourself a gift today and that is to release all of the things that hurt you and those who have offended ….. give them to God and, you will receive the freedom from guilt, and anger.