Asking God for forgiveness is one thing, but extending forgiveness to others is something completely different. Even when we accept that someone’s bad behavior caused us pain, forgiving them can still be difficult–especially when the person who wronged us doesn’t seem to deserve our forgiveness. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that forgiveness benefits the forgiver more than the one who is forgiven. And, while it can be difficult, forgiveness moves us to a new place of freedom. Forgiveness is a release of peace within ourselves.
Romans 12:19 — Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.
Matthew 6:14-15 — For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Ephesians 4:32 — Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.