In the book of Matthew Yeshua/Jesus says, “14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Why would the L*rd make such a profound statement about forgiveness?
Yeshua/Jesus paid a huge price for your forgiveness of sins. He didn’t pay with money or jail time; He paid with His life. G*d sacrificed His only Son for your sins so you could be forgiven. Father G*d asks us to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Forgiving those who have done us wrong allows us to be released from the burden of bitterness, anger, and torment that comes with unforgiveness. Forgiving helps us to heal of the pain of the offense and move to the freedom of letting go.
When we accept Yeshua/Jesus’ sacrifice and forgiveness that He offers us from the cross, G*d forgets our past sins. We become new, forgiven creations in Messiah. We get a fresh start.
When we forgive those who have offended us, we are free to set aside those painful memories and move forward with our lives. Free in Messiah is free indeed.
G*d’s sacrifice is great, but the benefit to us is also great. Is it too much for Him to ask us to forgive others? In asking us to do so might He be leading us toward our own personal healing?