Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Written by: Tiffany Robinson
To forgive means to stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for a wrongdoing. Forgiveness is an action, not a reaction. It is something you choose. Often times in my life I turn forgiveness more into a reaction that an action. I expect something first before I forgive.
Ephesians 4:31 lists things that no one would want in their lives. Then directly after in verse 32, it directs us to forgive. If we choose not to forgive, we will be filled with bitterness and anger. But if we choose to forgive, we will be filled and also fill other with the opposite—love and grace.
You see forgiveness is a one-way street. Only you can choose not to fill yourself with bitterness and rage. Sometimes the people who wrong us don’t even know. Sometimes they know and don’t care. You have the power through Christ to let go of those feelings. Don’t confuse forgiving someone with forgetting the offense. You can forgive and still set boundaries.
Thought of the day: Who in your life do you need to forgive? What steps can you take to let go of bitterness, rage, and anger?
Prayer: God, help me to forgive others the way You have forgiven me. Help me to let go of any offenses. Thank You for giving me Your power to forgive. Amen.