Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Forgive: To give up being angry with or wanting to punish: pardon (Webster’s Dictionary)
Forgiveness: A being ready to FORGIVE (Webster’s Dictionary)
FORGIVENESS is probably one of the hardest things a person can and will practice in their lives. For most people, when they are wronged by someone, they want RETRIBUTION, in other words, they want the person who wronged them to be PUNISHED for their wrong doing.
FORGIVENESS is out of the picture, the last thing they want to do is to FORGIVE that individual. However, the Bible, God’s Holy Word, says: If you FORGIVE other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also FORGIVE you. But if you do NOT FORGIVE others their sins, your Father will NOT FORGIVE your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)
FORGIVENESS is CRUCIAL to our SALVATION, in fact it is SALVATION. To FORGIVE is to PARDON, we were FORGIVEN or given a PARDON from our sins by God, through the shed blood of His Only Begotten Son, on an old rugged cross. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will FORGIVE their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
God wants His Children to be CHRISTLIKE in their lives and in order to do that we MUST be willing to FORGIVE as Jesus Christ FORGIVES us. It is a FAMILY TRAIT, which can only be TRULY carried out within the HEART of mankind, when they are SAVED or FORGIVEN of their wrongdoings. If you are NOT PRACTICING FORGIVENESS, then you are NOT RECEIVING FORGIVENESS.
And if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are NOT FORGIVEN of your sins and will NOT spend your ETERNITY in Heaven, but will spend it in HELL, with ALL of its Horrors. In order for you to be FORGIVEN and to have an ETERNITY in Heaven, and to ESCAPE HELL, you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your Heart that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and PRACTICE FORGIVENESS so that you might RECEIVE FORGIVENESS. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!