What if we don’t feel like it? Sometimes we like to wallow in our victimhood, don’t we? It almost feels good to be angry at someone and, if we can convince ourselves its righteous anger, we have a readymade excuse, provided by our adversary, the devil.
The problem is that lack of forgiveness is like a tumor in us. It can make us physically sick and mentally ill. Look at what happened to Jonah. The example of the worm, in my opinion, also represents what the lack of forgiveness was doing to Jonah.
When we do forgive, it’s like having that tumor disappear.
So, if we don’t feel like it, we do it by faith! Since forgiveness is often against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not.
We have to be obedient and trust that God will accomplish the work of forgiveness in us. After all what is faith?