Christian friends I greet you in the name of Jesus. No other name is greater than the name Jesus: our Lord and our Savior. Have you ever found yourself struggling to forgive someone? We all have. No matter how difficult it may be to forgive it is essential. Forgiveness does not obliterate the offense nor does it totally erase the effect of the offense. Forgiveness brings us freedom when we forgive each other. Dispensing forgiveness is difficult to do especially when it is recurring. Do you struggle with forgiveness for repeated offenses? The Apostle Peter was troubled with how often he was to forgive and he presented his concerns to Jesus. We all should do the same. Jesus wants every struggle with forgiveness presented to Him. Forgiveness is Necessary.

God forgives us as we forgive one another. Jesus says in Matthew 6:14-15, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." He also said in Mark 11:25, "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."

Jesus was revealing the connection between our forgiving others and God forgiving us. God has entwined our forgiveness from Him with the level of forgiveness we disperse toward each other. Moreover, we entreat God to measure out our forgiveness at the same level we measure out forgiveness. The (NLT) translation of the Lord’s Prayer says, "…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us."

God has shown us forgiveness. God has shown us grace and mercy by forgiving us. Psalms 103 reveals a God that seeks to forgive. The psalmist says in verse three that God has coupled healing with forgiveness when he said He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. The eighth, 10th and 12th verses go on to say, "The LORD is compassionate and merciful, and that He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west." Ephesians 1:7 says, "He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins." God’s stance on forgiveness It is undeniable and so clearly shown in Micah 7:18 "Lord, who is a God like you? You forgive sin. You forgive your people when they do what is wrong. You don’t stay angry forever. Instead, you take delight in showing your faithful love to them."

God wants us to forgive each other just as He has forgiven us. God unites our forgiveness from Him to the level of forgiveness we have toward each other. Although it may seem difficult to forgive, the freedom it brings to us is immeasurable.

Until the next time: Seek to forgive because forgiveness is necessary.

May the God of Glory keep you forever.