2 Reasons We Should Forgive

Forgiveness word on vintage broken car license plates stock photo“Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other.”—Lewis B. Smedes, Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

  1. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and releasing the people who hurt us from their wrong. It is to let go of the need to balance the scales of justice, to prove one’s innocence, or to obtain revenge. It is to let go of the punishment that we feel that those who have wronged us deserve. True forgiveness no longer expects or demands that the people who hurt apologize or seek forgiveness as a prerequisite for our pardon.
  2. Forgiveness is essentially a matter of the heart. This is hugely important because for years I thought that forgiveness was primarily about what I do or what I say. I am a twin. Being a twin did not make me a sinner, but it did speed up the process. As boys we would wrestle, fight, and hurt one another. My mother would come to separate us and then she would say to the one that started it, “Tell him you’re sorry.” To be honest, sometimes I mouthed the words, but my heart was not in it.

It is quite possible to utter kind words of forgiveness toward the ones who hurt us while harboring anger and bitterness within. Forgiveness begins in the heart and eventually work its way outward. People who hurt us will probably not understand, or recognize, or own up to their offense and therefore never see a need to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is a work in our heart, first, foremost, and forever.

We will never be set free until we forgive. When we release the hurts and the people that have inflicted them, and we will be set free.

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About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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