You may have heard the news story about the father who, in his grief, chose to forgive his
It's times like these that we wonder how is that possible? How could a person forgive someone
for such a horrendous offense?
It's one thing to forgive a person who has lied to you or said something hurtful about you, but
how could you forgive someone who has deeply wounded you?
Well, what I have learned is that forgiveness is a choice.
The choice is easy when the offense is small but much more difficult when the offence is great.
In Ephesians 4:32 we read, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you."
You see, God chose to give his son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can receive
So forgiveness is a choice. However, I have learned that it can also be a process.
By that I mean, if you have been wounded deeply by another person's actions, in-actions, or
words then you can choose to forgive them today.
However, it will take time to work through the hurt and pain.
Satan would love for you to harbor resentment and distrust or even hate towards your
offender. But you must fight back by not allowing your emotions to keep you from choosing to
Forgiving someone doesn't always require you to go to the offender and telling them you
Forgiveness is personal.
Forgiveness frees you. When you forgive someone then that person no longer has power over
The individual you may need to forgive today may have no idea that they have caused you pain.
It's important to remember that Jesus will help you forgive. He will give you the courage to
work through the hurt.
I would like to hear from you. Tell me how you have found freedom when you chose to forgive
others. Leave your answers in the comments below.