Forgiveness #1: Living Free

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)

There is freedom released in the heart of a man who forgives and feels forgiven by God! No question, forgiveness is the very heart of God toward us. But its also an agreement with the heart of God toward others. How do we know when we have entered into the process of Biblical forgiveness? A burden is lifted in our heart!

Forgiving is the experience that shapes the heart of every follower of Christ! When a burden is lifted – freedom breaks forth! The fruit of engaging in the process of forgiveness with God increases your ability to be yourself and love as you were created to love… with all your heart. This work of the Holy Spirit results in a tenderness toward God and those who have wounded us. We come to the other side of forgiveness when we are able to agree with the heart of God toward those who have wronged us. We begin to see those who hurt us through the eyes of Jesus. We begin to feel what He feels towards them.

Best of all, we can begin to pray for others as Jesus prays for them – without hindrance or hesitation! (Heb. 7:25)

Free of Wounds:

Jesus commanded us to pray for our enemies and bless them with our words. We can do this only as we forgive and live free of wounds. As we contend for and practice walking in forgiveness, we see the fruit of true freedom on the inside by breaking the roots of bitterness and judgmental attitudes. Forgiveness must be understood as a spiritual reality, where God gets involved on a level that goes beyond our human reasoning. Forgiving is, to our heart; like cancelling a debt we feel we are owed by the person who wronged us. Yet, when done in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is always a burst of energy to live in greater victory in Christ!

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance‚Ķ” (Rom. 5:3)

Rejoicing in the Freedom:

Learning how to rejoice in the reward of our temporary sufferings and pain, is one of the greatest spiritual principles of life in Christ. We forgive because it is the will of God, but also because it releases greater freedom in the spirit! This is how we overcome everything that life throws at us… with praise. Over time, we discover the great joy that is on the other side of wounds… something is produced in us.

The process of restoring our wounded heart, begins with a choice. Choose to look up, not inward! For the strength to believe, that His love is enough to soften the hurts; comes from God through the Holy Spirit (Ps. 121:1-8). The Lord is your Keeper, He is the shade that protects from the heat of the sun, He shall preserve your soul (your mind, will and emotions). He will release in you a freedom to sustain you in your going out and coming in… forever. This promise is true and I consistently rejoice in it every time I need to forgive!

…And freedom breaks forth to sweeten my victory.

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