The Priority of Forgiveness
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
There probably have been things that have happened throughout your life that made you upset and caused you to have bitterness or anger towards someone. When we let unforgiveness build up in our lives, it causes only problems for ourselves. Unforgiveness can ultimately lead to a wall of separation in our life that can hinder God from answering and doing a great work in our life (Psalm 66:18). As we look at the third priority out of the five, we see that forgiveness is sometimes hard to do but is so rewarding for us in the end. We should make it a priority this year to be quick to forgive those who do us wrong. It's easier said than done, but as born again Christians, we shouldn't harbor unforgiveness in our hearts because it will only build up bitterness in our life (Ephesians 4:31). When we are tempted not to forgive and to hold on to that anger and bitterness towards the wrongdoer, we need to remember that God has forgiven us of so much. He gave us His life as He hung on the cross and shed His innocent blood to pardon our sins. Jesus did not have to do that for us, and He does not need to offer forgiveness to us, but He loves us, and as Christians, we ought to follow His example and love those who do us wrong and offer forgiveness to them.
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