Posted by: Pure Glory | 11/01/2022

What Is Forgiveness?

by Hazel Straub

Forgiveness, as defined in the Bible, means to send away the offense, from yourself and the one who offended you. By an act of the will, you release the offender, from the debt owed you and you do not bring it up again. God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) He forgave us, when we were his enemies. Jesus was righteous and sinless and before he gave his last breath he said, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.  (Luke 23:34 a) This forgiveness and mercy made a way for us, to receive forgiveness, for our sins (missing the target).

To receive God’s forgiveness, we must release the offenses against us and the offender. Don’t confuse forgiveness with a feeling. It is a decision and act of the will, to let the offense go and allow God to heal the wounds, in your soul. The offense sent away can no longer plague you. Otherwise, you relive the wrongs done to you and exist in negativity, hurt and anger.

Jesus instructed us, to forgive (let it go), without counting how many times,you do it. If you do not forgive, you judge the other person and will find yourself repeating similar negative patterns, to what the offender has done. When you let the offense go and consider the debt paid, you will receive mercy and forgiveness, with your sins forgiven by God. Life will be much sweeter.

But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. (Ephesians 4:32 TPT)

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  1. Reblogged this on thehouseofprayers.

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  2. Thank you for the reminder to forgive from the depths of our hearts and for clarifying what true forgiveness is.

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  3. I love the way you said this, Hazel. I’ve never thought of sending the offense away from yourself, but that’s amazing. When we do that, we truly release it. Also, the fact that forgiveness isn’t a feeling, but a decision. So true!

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    • Thank you, Kendra! Good to know that my post gave you a new things to chew on about forgiveness. Abundant blessings!

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  4. Amen… it’s complicated but GOD…

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    • No complication in Christ Jesus who lives in us. He paid the price so all we have to do is let the offense go! Blessings of love, sister!

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  5. Complication, and scandal. Forgiveness reaches into both the heights and the depths of the human soul. We would do well, I believe, to remember the challenge within the faith in forgiveness.

    Grace and power.

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    • Yes, forgiveness sets us free as we let go of offense. Grace and mercy!

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