August 16, 2015
Passage: Prov 9: 1-6, Eph 5: 15-20 and John 6: 52-58

Forgiveness means giving up feelings of resentment or anger against another person. Joseph forgave his brothers for all that they had done to him. Resentment is a feeling of displeasure towards somebody. The proper understanding of forgiveness will transform our relationship with God. The Bible admonishes us to forgive others even if it means pausing during a prayer.

We always recite the Lord's Prayer which includes the words 'Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.' The parable of the unforgiving servant throws more light on this. The servant who was forgiven could not forgive the man who owed him, so the king had him thrown in jail. Unforgiveness breeds malice, anger and loud abusive language.

Herodias harboured bitterness in her heart against John the Baptist and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, she had him beheaded. We must let go of vengeance and revenge. Our lives must reflect God's love so that others will be drawn to Him. Forgiveness makes you a better person. Your prayers will be answered and you will be full of joy. It also restores love. Jeremiah 34 says God will forgive us and remember our sins no more. When we forgive others, we must not hold on to the feeling of hurt. Forgiveness is not just what the world needs, it is what changes the world.

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