Forgiveness Is a Choice

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Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 TLB

There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some point in their life. Whether the wrong is the result of a minor offence or a major trauma, we all have a choice to make. We can either let the wrong that was perpetrated against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going.

Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never too late to make the right choice.

You cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past.

I realize it’s not easy to forgive when you’ve been treated badly or abused in some way, but forgiveness is the very key to your freedom. It is a powerful tool that God has provided for us so that we can remain free from our past and in right standing with Him. That’s why Jesus said, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins” (Mark 11:25 NIV).

You do not have to suffer the rest of your life for your own past mistakes or the mistakes of others. What happened in your past does not have to define your future. God is in the business of restoration, and He will restore all you have lost if you will seek Him and believe His Word. Choose today to forgive—not only others, but yourself as well.

Confession: Today I make the choice to forgive. I choose to let go of the situation or person whose actions have held me captive. I forgive by faith, by an act of my will. I refuse to be influenced by my feelings, and I release all the anger, resentment, shame, guilt, and pain that I have carried. I declare that I am now free!

Author: Jerry Savelle