“One of the most devastating symptoms of pride is the
unwillingness to forgive.”
When faced with the need to forgive and forget, many times this is the excuse you hear -- “you don’t know what that person did to me!” That may be true, but do you understand what failure to forgive will do to you?
Failure to forgive leads to bitterness, which is a deadly misuse of energy. Pondering a negative situation and plotting how to get even will divert a great amount of time away from productive thinking. If we continue to burn bridges, we’ll become isolated and alone, and we’ll deal with strangers and enemies the rest of our lives. Instead of burning bridges, let’s build bridges.
Forgiveness is essential to our relationship with God. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Matthew 6:14-15) The weight of not forgiving greatly drags us down. It’s a tremendous load to carry in the race we’re called to run. After all, what really matters is what happens in us, not to us!
Never underestimate the power of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the one power you have over a person who slanders or criticizes you. The farther you walk in forgiveness, the greater the distance you put between yourself and the negative situation. Choose this week to forgive, even if they have never asked for forgiveness.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us
to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given
to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 5:18