What is forgiveness in the bible-forgive one another scripture

What is forgiveness in the bible-

Many times in the Bible, forgiveness is mentioned. How one should forgive other despite the unforgivable things others do to you, it is required unless you forgive others, that you will not be forgiven.

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you “

When Peter asked Jesus, How many times he should forgive others, Jesus said not seven times but seventy-seven times. This is how much you must forgive one another. Do not get offended by petty things like words someone may utter not thinking how much it could hurt you. Rather, over look it and forgive. Sometimes he could have uttered it while drunk or sick.

If some one hurt you when growing up forgive him and pray for him. In return, you would be held in high esteem by God. I remember how it hurt me when my mum would listen to small sister’s stories and punish me with a foot ruler. And at that time I hated my mother and would not speak to her. And this went on for years till I came born again. Then I forgave her started to talk to her again and we have been the best of friends since then. But she is not saved yet, and dear reader, I like you to pray for her salvation.

Colossians 3:13 “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

If someone hurt you physically assaulting you, forgive as Jesus forgive. Pray for him. Pray that he changes and become a good soul.

I remember once when I was sleeping my room-mate came drunk and assaulted me for no reason, but as a Christian I overlooked it and prayed for him.

Luke 6:37 ” Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven “

It is important to note one must not condemn others but you need to forgive. Forgive your friend’s unfaithfulness. Forgive when your parents fall short of your expectations.

Sometimes people judge others on the way they look, the way they dress. They think if you wear well, you are rich. But it could be far from the truth, it maybe he has some nice clothes, because he is a model or an actor. Why judge someone for outward appearance. Do not fall for someone because he is driving a BMW. It is vanity. He could be just an ordinary man driving his dealership’s car.

John 8:7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

When Jesus saw the prostitute in trouble with a mob trying to attack her with stones, he interfered just in time to save her life. Here again Jesus showed both compassion and forgiveness.

How many times we have witnessed this even in present day. Prostitutes are being condemned and looked down and insulted. While I don’t condone prostitution, which is illegal, I am concerned at the lack of empathy by the public. It should be noted if not for “johns” they would not be there. So in fact, Jesus was correct when he said “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Sexuality :

Likewise ,Homosexuality is looked down on. Yes, it is against Biblical laws, scriptures. Unfortunately some in the society has decided to live a style that suits them. But as a Christian you can not condemn them but show love and kindness to them.

There is a huge cry over the sex education curriculum in Ontario, Canada. It is because many do not want the present conservative government to replace it. The reason for the change is present curriculum trashes school children’s mind at very younger age. It should not be so. In fact, it creates chaos in the little child’s mind.

Colossians 3:13 “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

It is important that you do not hold any grudges over anyone. If you do, God will never forgive you. You must always confess your sins and forgive all who has hurt you. I know many people who would not speak with their former friends because of the grudges they hold against them. This is not right in the eyes of God.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Recently I saw in the news how a young student interfered in a fight being a good Samaritan, ended up dead. He gave his life for his friend trying to stop the fight which could have ended in murder, but because of his interference the friend did not die. This a good example of Jesus meant in the scripture.

Many times I myself interfered to stop fights from escalating. Sometimes even I failed, though I held a blue belt in karate. But I always tried to protect my friends and my family from any dangerous situation. I would not ignore if anyone needed help, especially from an impending physical attack.

There have been many instances of forgiveness in the world-

  • In 1972 when napalm bombs were dropped in Vietnam, a small girl named “Phuc” was injured and she was operated 19 times. And the bombing took lives of all her family members. Yet Phuc heard God’s calling for her to forgive. In 1966, she met the very pilot who coordinated the attack, and she forgave him.
  • Another famous case is about South African leader, Nelson Mandela. He was imprisoned for 27 years since 1963. When he was released from prison in 1993, he forgave all who imprisoned him.
  • In 1981 Pope John Paul II was riding past a crowd in open car, when Mehmet Ali Agca, shot him 4 times. The Pope almost died, he underwent emergency surgery; but he survived and two years later he went to see Agca in prison and shook hands with him and forgave him.
  • President Donald Trump called the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un ,” the small rocket man” and insulted him, and like wise the North Korean called trump a fool. But in the end, they forgave each other and reconciled.
  • Gary Leon Ridgeway, the famous Green River killer in 2003 confessed to murdering 48 women. He despised prostitutes and targeted them for killing. It was learned later, that actually he had murdered as many as 60 women. At Ridgeway’s sentencing, families of his victims lashed out at him, except for one. It was Robert rule, father of a teenage victim. He addressed Ridgeway and said ” I forgive you, as God asks us to do”
  • In October 2006, Charles C. Robert walked into an Amish schoolhouse with 3 guns. And held fifteen girls captive. He only held female school girls captive as he wanted to take revenge for the death of his new born daughter nine years ago and he wanted to take revenge from God as well. When the Police arrived, he killed himself and five children. In an extraordinary demonstration of forgiveness the Amish community, attended Robert’s funeral and comforted his widow and offered financial support. This is forgiveness.
  • Rachell Friedman Chapman, a young woman filled with zest for life was accidentally paralyzed chest down in a freak accident. Rachell’s girlfriend playfully pushed her into the shallow end of the pool. Which resulted in her fracturing two of her vertebrae. She said, she never had to blame her and she forgave her.
  • In May 2002, Renee Napier and Mary Dickson’ daughters were killed by a drunk driver. And the daughters were only 20 years old. The Napier’s worked through MADD organization to promote safe driving. The drunk driver, Eric Smallridge accompanied them to some of her speaking engagements. They forgave Smallridge and got him released early from prison.

My cousin sister always think and talk about how her relatives in the past hurt her. And she keeps talking about it. And I advised her to let things go and forgive them and move on with her life. Even though she promised, she would do that, unfortunately she could not. Her solace was alcohol which I see is slowly destroying her. And I know it is not easy to forget the past and forgive them who hurt you. I myself had such thoughts before I became a Christian and through the power of the Holy Spirit I was able to overcome it.

And also I remember the time, when I was a non Christian, how difficult it was to forgive my mother for physically punishing me with a foot ruler. It took some courage and forgiveness for me to start talking to her again. And I know it was difficult it was for her too. But as soon as I became a Christian I was able to forgive her.

Bless your enemies, do not curse them-

Many people want to forgive but they do not know how. God said in several places in the Bible, “Pray for your enemies” By not forgiving someone who hurt you, you are poisoning yourself. The person you are unable to forgive has moved on and enjoying life. God is not asking you to feel different about the person who hurt you but to pray, to Bless and not curse. And you should stop talking about them in an unkind way.

Tell your enemy, I will pray for you and god will bless you and I pray that God will open your eyes, I pray in obedience to God. But despite all these you could still feel angry.

And when in church, when the pastor ask you to hug the person sitting next to you, even if you really hate him or her, you still need to hug, as God says so. This is in obedience to God, who says forgive another “seventy-seven” times.

The bible says ” Bless those who curse you” Romans 12:21 says, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Do not wait for your feelings to come around to forget someone. Forgiveness is not a feeling. And some people say you can forgive but can not forget. This is true, you may never forget what someone did to you. Remember, you have a God given memory, therefore, you will never forget.

You have to “choose” to forgive. And when you decide go ahead and forgive them and release the burden you have been carrying for some time. God chose to forgive us through the cross.

You have to think of the pain and process it first. Then you chose as act of your own will to forgive the person that hurt you. And release him. You are releasing him of any “debt” he may owe you, when you forgive him or her. Even after forgiving him, the same feelings of resentment can come up again and bother you. But you over power it in the name of Jesus.

Forgiveness is a choice to release the other person from anything that he owes you. Forgiveness benefits you as you will not walk around the planet with bitterness in you soul and mind.

Forgiveness is for our benefit so that we can walk in an attitude of grace that Christ wants us to have. Think about it next time you want don’t wait for a feeling or forgetting as forgiveness is a choice. We have to show forgiveness as a true Christian.

In conclusion-

You have to make a choice to forgive those who hurt you or persecute you. Do not wait till feelings come to you to forgive. Chose to forgive all whatever the circumstances be as Christ did. Amen

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2 thoughts on “What is forgiveness in the bible-forgive one another scripture

  1. Saj,

    This is a powerful post. Once upon a time, I had a hard time forgiving. It took years to do so. Yet, we can get such a sense of peace when we finally do forgive someone. Sometimes, we have to learn to forgive ourselves also. I am still struggling with that.

    I think the Lord will lead the right people to your website when they most need to hear your message.

    Grace and Peace,

    1. Thank you Sondra, yes we must forgive others.It is because whatever others do to hurt you inspired by evil and they do not know that.
      This reminds me of the scriptures, in
      Matthew 18:21-22 “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? 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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