A Choice for Freedom
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
One aspect of forgiveness is releasing the person from the debt we think is owed. When we refuse to forgive, we are refusing to cancel the debt. We hold onto it and look at it, enjoying the agitation it produces. Some of us have refused to forgive for so long that our resentment defines us. We wear our unforgiveness like a badge. We don’t understand that it has put us in bondage as well. But when we decide to “forgive as the Lord forgave,” we say to ourselves, “They don’t owe me an apology. I am not going to withhold approval or respect or anything else until they meet whatever my requirement is. I am going to set them free.” When you cancel that debt, the other person is not getting away with something; you are releasing the situation to Him who judges justly. And you will be free as well.
THINK ABOUT IT
Are there people you have held in bondage with your unforgiveness? How has that affected them . . . and you? Release the situation to God, who judges justly.
Heavenly Father, I believe Jesus Christ is the only Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross for my sin, that He rose from the grave, and that He is seated at Your right hand. I choose to forgive all those who have harmed me because God has forgiven me and He commands me to forgive others. Today I forgive ______________ for _______________. I cancel the debt of the offense, and they owe me nothing. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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