Forgiveness And Its Importance
We live in a world where offenses and wrongdoings can’t be avoided by people around us. Whenever we are wronged or offended, what comes to mind is, should I forgive or retaliate?
The bible has ultimately taught us on forgiveness, that we should forgive one another as many times as possible.
Although Forgiveness is the Christlike attitude, but we should forgive, so that God will also forgive us. Forgiveness is thought to involve the giving up of certain negative emotions towards the wrongdoer, the forbearance of negative reactions against the wrongdoer, and possibly the restoration of the relationship with the person.
Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve it.
Forgiveness does not mean forgetting, nor does it mean condoning or excusing offenses.
Why Forgiveness Is Important?
When we forgive our offenders we feel relieved and free in our hearts. Unforgiveness looks like a burden in our hearts and also a wound that can’t heal. It is imperative to know that forgiving is for our own growth and happiness. When we hold on to hurt, pain, resentment, and anger, it harms us far more than it harms the offender. It frees us to live in the present, allows us to move on without anger or contempt or seeking revenge.
Biblical View On Forgiveness:
How does the Bible view Forgiveness?
When we don’t forgive, God seems to be unhappy with us because he sees unforgiveness as a barrier between us and Him. The bible rightly admonishes us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God for Christ ‘s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)
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. (Mark 11:25)