Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 4, 2015

Choose Forgiveness

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Luke 6: 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

We tend to link forgiveness to our emotions. We don’t forgive because we feel hurt or angry. Forgiveness doesn’t depend on emotions. Forgiveness is a choice. God doesn’t command emotions because emotions can’t be commanded. God does command the choice of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not so much for the person being forgiven as for the forgiver. When we choose to forgive we let go of resentments and bitterness. We move on to accepting the person as a person created by God and loved by God. As we pray forgiveness for that person our hearts gradually are healed. The first step to forgiveness is the choice to forgive.

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