According to the dictionary, the word ‘forgive’ means: to grant a pardon for an offense or debt; to cease to feel resentment against; to cancel all indebtedness.
Forgiveness is nothing short of amazing. One of my favorite passages in all of scripture that talks about God’s forgiveness is found in Psalm 103.
Psalm 103, Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 2Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— 3who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel: 8The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; 10He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him; 14 for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. 15The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; 16the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children— 18with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts. 19The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. 20Praise the LORD, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word. 21Praise the LORD, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. 22 Praise the LORD, all His works everywhere in His dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.
If God can take our worst… our worst words said; our worst actions done; our worst decisions made; our greatest failures performed and forgive them by burying them in the depths of the seas of His Grace, don’t you think it is about high-time we do the same?
Whatever it is right now, or whoever it is right now that is causing you to seethe with anger and un-forgiveness, let it go, and let them go! FORGIVE THEM!
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton
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