Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
You may be wondering why I’m worrying about forgiveness today. Well, recent events remind me of this a lot. All the anger and hatred going around is only being fueled more. Often people wonder why you should forgive someone. Especially if they have wronged you in a way you feel inexcusable.
The question is often, “Why? Why should I forgive that person? He did this to me.” However, to forgive someone will free you of the burden of the anger and hate that sits and will fester, just like an untreated wound. If we hold on to that anger, it allows the enemy a foothold and will always hold you back.
Then there is the other side of the coin. I talked about doing a kindness to someone you would not normally do. Sometimes the kindness and love of forgiveness will open a door in the life of that person you forgave. Giving them the opportunity to heal and grow in ways we may not imagine. Truly forgiveness is loving your neighbor.
If we all practiced forgiveness more often, the enemy then loses that foothold called hate. They can no longer grasp that grudge and hold you down. To forgive, yes frees the one in need of forgiveness. But it also frees us of our burdens that we hold in our hearts.