Are you bitter? I would like to suggest that you have the ability be bitter and also be blind. Blinded to that unforgiveness, resentment, and contempt towards whoever you’re holding it against.
So I ask again, do you have someone you need to forgive? Ask God to search your heart and show you who or what you may need to be forgiving today. It’s not a suggestion of God to forgive others, it is a command. With an awfully high price to pay, according to Jesus.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
It’s not something the other person earns and it doesn’t make what they did okay. It means you are released from the captivity of resentment.
It means you will also be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. How many times should we forgive?
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.
And what if you can’t forgive? Ask God to help you. It is His will for us to forgive.
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Search my heart. Reveal to me the bitterness I may be holding on to. Let me release that with your help. I acknowledge that forgiveness cannot and is not meant to be earned. Rather, it is by knowing the grace I have been given that I can pass this on in forgiveness to my fellow brothers and sisters. Despite that wrong that may have been done, I choose to fully forgive. That doesn’t mean what they did was okay. It means I release them in grace and cling to your promises. Thank you for forgiving me for my sins. I can only do this through the our strength, so help me Lord.
In Jesus’ Name,