The word forgiveness draws various reactions. If we’re talking about God’s forgiveness of us, it can be a soothing topic resulting in gratitude and peace. If we need to seek forgiveness from someone we’ve wronged, we might wrangle a bit with our pride before we finally approach that person in humility—but our resulting cleared conscience makes it well worth the effort.
Usually, however, the most uncomfortable kind of forgiveness is what we must extend to someone who has wronged us or hurt us deeply. The Bible says a lot about this kind of forgiveness—perhaps because our emotions arm wrestle with it and other lingering memories skirmish with it. It’s really hard to do.
Find out what God’s Word says about forgiveness, how essential it is to understand, and how to actually do it . . . if we want to grow in our walk with God.
Jesus said that we should forgive others to the same extent that God has forgiven us. Completely.
As believers in Christ, we all know we have forgiveness through His shed blood. But, in reality, transferring that knowledge from our head to our heart sometimes requires heavy, earth-moving equipment. Five barriers exist that can keep us from dealing properly with guilt caused by poor choices we’ve made. Overcoming these barriers allows us to...