Mastering The Art Of Forgiveness

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Devotional

Forgiveness Personified 


The Bible tells the story of how our relationship with God was broken by sin, and how He implemented His wonderful plan of salvation to restore that relationship. It is the story of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. 


God’s Word promises that, when we confess that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved from the consequences of our sin! Even believers who have strayed from God’s path can have a renewed relationship with Him. When we confess our sins, He is faithful to cleanse us. Take a moment today to admit where you’ve wandered from Him, and ask Him for forgiveness.


It’s possible to be forgiven and yet still feel unforgiven! When this happens, we should doubt our feelings, not our God. If you’ve trusted Christ as Savior, live boldly and robustly. The love God gives us is unconditional, bought at a great cost; and only a response of love can satisfy Him. As the classic hymn says, “Love so amazing, so divine/ demands my soul, my life, my all!” 


As God’s child, you now have the opportunity to practice the same kind of love your Heavenly Father extended to you! When you ask God to bless those who’ve hurt you, you put into practice the words of Jesus: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45). 


True forgiveness is the medicine that heals the deepest emotional wounds. It closes the door on the past, and gives you grace and motivation to move forward and enjoy the life God wants you to live.