“...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.”
Forgiveness is a tricky thing. There are many views on forgiveness. Some people say to forgive, but not to forget. Everyone has a ceiling for how much a person can do before they are deemed “unforgivable.” The thing is that nothing is unforgivable. However, as humans we may experience an unwillingness to forgive as God forgives us (see Hebrews 8:12). True forgiveness is not naturally possible. We hear things like, “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Bitterness breeds rotten fruit in our lives.
In the same way that we are to love one another because God has loved us, God tells us to forgive because He has forgiven us. We are not in the judgment seat, no matter how grave the offense is! It baffles me when I hear testimonies of forgiveness because they prove that nothing is bigger than God. His love and His justice are infallible.
"BITTERNESS BREEDS ROTTEN FRUIT IN OUR LIVES."
LORD, you are the judge. Thank you for forgiving all of my sins. Please forgive me for holding onto bitterness. You know the depths of my hurt and my sorrow. Please renew my mind so that I don’t fall into the traps of the enemy. Help me to live in a way that reflects the love and forgiveness I have received to others.