We all make mistakes. I know I do. However, if we’re honest, we’ll admit that it is so much easier to ask others to forgive us of our flaws than it is to forgive them of their shortcomings. Part of this comes from our own pride. Part of it comes from the sinful desire we all have to want to be our own God. Judging others makes us feel powerful. Holding on to grudges gives us a false sense of control. Keeping a record of wrongs allows us to self-righteously “forget” all of the times that we fail to get it right. However, as the old cliché goes: Holding on to unforgiveness is like slowly drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Forgiveness is not easy. However, it is absolutely necessary.
Who do you need to forgive? What can you do today to take one step toward forgiveness?
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” – Colossians 3:13 (ESV)