As I sit on the deck looking over this amazing view while reading and studying the Word of God, this scripture kept ringing out to me about something Jesus spoke:
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
I have been walking through a new level of forgiving people even when they have wronged me. Through this I really do feel a greater understanding growing in my heart. I could preach 5 hours at least just on these 2 verses, but trying to wrap up this thought in a few words…When you are truly “filled” or “breathed upon” by the Holy Spirit, the life of true forgiveness is absolutely normal and expected. And when you forgive others you actually release their guilt and pain from you and them, and no longer carry their “sin” on you. And what an awesome feeling when someone does wrong and is forgiven by others!!
I heave felt that many times when I have wronged someone and asked for forgiveness and they truly forgave me…those were some of the greatest lessons learned in life for me! But if you don’t forgive, then you retain or carry their sin on you. I would go another step farther to say that if the other person has been forgiven, but you don’t forgive them….then you keep their “sin” alive…on you! And living a life in un-forgiveness would be like living life without light…in other words…darkness. Or at least not forgiving would bring to question the Holy Spirit dwelling in you!
Darkness is the absence of light…and the only way we can live in the “light” is through forgiveness, Jesus forgave you, and we forgive others!
So if we don’t forgive…then how can we expect to be forgiven?
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Interesting how Jesus gave us this truth right after He taught us how to pray!! So stop carrying other people’s mistakes, sins, blasphemy, lies, depression, on your shoulders…forgive them and be set free!!
Please forgive me for any wrongs I have done to you, and I already forgave you for any sins or wrongs you have done to me… or others 🙂
Have an amazing day, and I love you all!