“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” –C.S. Lewis
Oftentimes when we picture ourselves in a battle against the world, the only things we see are the external battles: immorality, persecution, violence. But more often than not we are battling internal problems more than any of the external. Unforgiveness is no exception.
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Many times we are wounded so deeply and so horribly that we can’t see how to forgive the person who wounded us. But Jesus calls us to forgive others as he forgave us—that means that we must forgive EVERYTHING.
“Forgiveness is not forgetting what was done to us but remembering what was done for us.”
The question that we need to ask ourselves is this: do we want justice in our lives, or freedom? Jesus offers true and life-giving freedom to us every day, but when we are holding onto unforgiveness we can’t claim that freedom for ourselves.
“A person’s wisdom yeields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11
Jesus wants us to be whole and complete in Him. Let’s stop letting unforgiveness rule our hearts.