We often hear forgive, as the Lord forgives us. What does that really mean? We need to be open as Christ is open to us.
Forgiveness is a decision to release feelings of resentment toward a person who gave you pain, regardless of whether they actually deserve it or not.
Forgiving people isn’t something you do for the person who wronged you; it’s something you do for yourself. By forgiving you are accepting the reality of what happened and finding a way to forget it. Furthermore, there’s a lot of advantages forgiveness may bring. Forgiveness can lead to a healthier relationship, greater spiritual and psychological well-being, lower blood pressure and stronger immune system. Also, it can make people be at peace. Forgiveness is not accepting the bad done to you, it is to love the person who gave or gives you pain. As the Lord commanded us:
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Everyone is a sinner and needs forgiveness from the Lord. In order to obtain that, everyone should forgive as well. People should love one another as they love themselves.
How to forgive?
If you decide that you are willing to forgive, first, find a better place to be alone with your thoughts. Second, don’t let anger control you to the point that your actions will be affected. Lastly, talk to God and ask God to remove all the pain in your heart. Bring everything to God – your doubts, worries, fears and pains. Let God do the rest.