The Unreal Freedom of Forgiveness
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could bless yourself in many ways as you obey the Lord and bless others at the same time? You can.
Throughout Scripture, we see that those who love the Lord face conflict in life just as those who do not love him. Even many of the people who “walk in the light” still struggle with their emotions, feelings, and hurt. Many times, even to the point of causing them to make poor decisions to defend themselves as opposed to trusting the Lord.
There is freedom in forgiveness:
When you forgive you don’t change the past, but you do change your future
In Matthew 18, we read the story of Peter who felt like he had really grown in the Lord and had become a very obedient and righteous disciple. He asked the Lord how many times he should forgive someone who trespassed against him. In his opinion, seven times showed tremendous grace, mercy, and forgiveness. However, Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, seven times but 70 × 7.”
In no way was Christ wants us to keep an account of the times we have forgiven someone for offending us. He was trying to teach us that we are called to live a lifestyle of forgiveness toward others. We are far more likely to live that lifestyle of forgiveness when we understand that we are receiving that same “amazing grace” from Christ each day that we live. He has forgiven us of our worst sins. Who are we to refuse to forgive someone else of their sin. There is spiritual, emotional, and even physical benefits of forgiveness.
Even the famous Mayo Clinic listed the following health benefits of forgiveness.
- Healthier relationships
- Improved mental health
- Less anxiety, stress
- Lower blood pressure
- Fewer symptoms of depression
- A stronger immune system
- Improved heart health
Is there someone that you’re struggling to forgive at this time? Let me encourage you to trust the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. Allow the Lord to take care of that offense. It will not only set the offender free. It will set you free and whom Christ sets free is free indeed. Enjoy the liberty and the freedom that Christ has provided for you.