Rebecca West: Words & Music

The Power of Forgiveness

What is forgiveness and what makes it powerful in our lives?

Many people have the misconception that to forgive someone is to condone what they have done. This is simply not the case. There are so many benefits to you, and blessings for you when you forgive. The knowledge and understanding of this will set you free.

Do I want God to deal with me the way I treat other people? It is not our responsibility to hold anyone accountable for anything they have done, or have not done. That is not our part of any situation. That's God's part. God has made a way to where we can give Him our heavy burden of unforgiveness.

Read Matthew 11:28 in the Amplified Bible: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.)"

Forgive others. You may not even realize the burden you are trying to carry by choosing not to forgive. By releasing the forgiveness that is in your heart, you can be free to receive God's joy, peace and love in your life. What a difference this decision will make!

Forgiving is letting go of the pain, the anger, the strife, disappointment and bitterness that is controlling your life. It is affecting everything you attempt to accomplish.

We are incapable of such forgiveness within ourselves. So by completely surrendering our will to His, the marvelous grace of God works His will in us, enabling us to forgive.

There are repercussions physically, emotionally, and spiritually that invade our lives when we decide not to forgive. We can rest in the knowledge that God will deal with our enemies according to His will, and with love and compassion. Isn't that the way we want God to deal with us?

Many times we give someone or something to God , then something happens and we take them "off the altar" and start carrying that burden again. I have had to make the decision many times in my life to give someone or something back to God again. My desire is to stay free, where God has brought me, in His love and compassion.

So once again, we learn to release the pain in our lives and walk in God's forgiveness. When we walk in forgiveness, we can forgive even as the pain, rejection, or disappointment is being inflicted upon us. This is not difficult to do if we have completely surrendered to God's will. As we continue to walk the path that God has paved for us, no bitterness or hatred can touch us. There is power in forgiveness!

We can set ourselves free by following the ultimate Master of forgiveness, Jesus, the Son of God, who forgave us of our sins long ago on a cross on a hill called Mount Calvary.

Forgive yourself. I believe this is one of the most important issues. I would like to complete this article with a quote from Robert Schuller: "Although it may be difficult to keep self-despising memories from coming to mind, you don't have to give them a hearty welcome! Don't invite them in for a visit! Slam the door in their faces. God has forgiven you. Forgive yourself. When you bury the hatchet, bury it deep. Don't leave the handle above the ground. Simply affirm: Christ lives within me... so I am a wonderful person. Christ has forgiven me. I have forgiven myself. Keep repeating these affirmations and find yourself forgiving yourself."

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful weapons in the world. Jesus was, and is, our perfect example. Make the choice to be free. Make the choice to forgive.

Let your soul be refreshed.

~ Rebecca