Forgiving someone can be a very difficult thing to do, especially if it’s someone we’re close to that we respect and trust. However, it is something that we must do. In my previous post, I shared on how to forgive someone. In this post I’ll be highlighting the beautiful benefits of forgiveness.
1. Forgiveness Liberates You
There are people who have been held in bondage for long periods of time (sometimes decades) due to unforgiveness. They walk around with an anchor of anger, resentment, bitterness, or depression and it manifests itself in their relationships with others. Marriages, friendships, and family relationships can suffer greatly when forgiveness is not present; this is not what God wants for our lives. 2 Corinthians 3:7 says, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Additionally, Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” This is why understanding the life that Jesus brought to us is so important. Without that understanding, we can be slaves to our emotions even though we’ve legally been made free.
2. Forgiveness Allows You To Pray Effectively
Often times, people wonder why their prayers don’t seem to be producing results. There can be several reasons for this, but one thing is certain…unforgiveness is a prayer killer. Think about it, how could you come to a just and holy God with any type of sin weighing on your heart and expect to be answered? David said, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18). When the burden of unforgiveness is lifted from you, not only are you able to pray for yourself, but you’re also able to intercede for those you want to win to Christ. Being able to pray effectively is a vital part of the priestly ministry of a Christian and therefore, ridding yourself of your personal sin is paramount.
3. Forgiveness Makes Your Offering Acceptable
The law of sowing and reaping is a powerful law mentioned many times throughout the scriptures. However, it’s not the only law at work in the realm of the spirit; there are higher laws. In 1 Samuel 15:22, it says “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” This begins to give us insight into the mind of God when it comes to our relationships. Jesus told us that our greatest call is to love God and love people as we love ourselves (Matthew 22: 35-39). It doesn’t matter that you’re the biggest giver in your church, if your relationships are not in order, God expects you to fix them or else your sacrifice is meaningless to Him. “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24).
4. Forgiveness Expresses God’s Righteousness
Although righteousness is a gift from God, we shouldn’t take it lightly; there is also a responsibility attached to it. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus said “Ye are the light of the world…” We should be the ones to show the beauty, perfection, grace, mercy, and virtue of God to positively impact our world. When we forgive, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Man doesn’t see God because God is a spirit; they see you, the one who has the life and nature of God. When you show what God is truly like through your behavior, not only do you honor God, but people are drawn closer to Christ. This is God’s ultimate desire.
I hope that you’ve learned something that can add value to your walk with God. Please feel free to share something that blessed you in the comments section.
Thank you for reading and God bless you!