Forgive and Forgiven
Forgive: stop feeling angry resentful toward someone for an offense, flaw, mistake, cancel debt Forgiveness: the action of forgiving or being forgiven Forgiveness 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.
Forgiveness frees us to live in the present. ... Forgiveness allows us to move on without anger or contempt or seeking revenge.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Mark 11:25-26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Luke 17:3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
God not only wants us to forgive others but also forgive ourselves. That in itself is a hard thing to do, we are the hardest on our self and the devil knows it and uses it. We are to forgive and are forgiven by God 490 times in a day. There are 365 days in a year, that is a lot of forgiving and forgiveness. Now if you are to take your age and multiply it by 365, Wow, God really loves us!!! When we forgive ourselves, we can also love ourselves, it free us. When we forgive others, it frees us and those who are being forgiven. Whether they hear, I forgive you are not, when we declare to the Lord we forgive self/other He hears. There are times we need to say to God, I forgive, help me with any unforgiveness. Like in Mark 9:24 the father cries out I believe; help me with my unbelief, we can place the word forgive. God loves us and will help us if we only ask.