In this lesson we are going to discuss about one of our heart feelings. When we are going for our discipling time with our discipler actually we are going before the Lord. We see in old testament Moses always went to God for correction as well as the correction for the people in Israel.
We are going to discuss about one of our heart feelings that is forgiveness. We all have different kind of feelings in our heart. One of them is not forgiving others. Many times we are not really understanding what we are getting into if we are not forgiving. Let us see what are the things that will happen when we are not forgiving.
1. Forgiveness brings purity
1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
When we have something against somebody we have to confess it to that person and forgive from our heart. When we are not forgiving we are taking part in other peopleís sin. That cannot control us.
People pleasing attitude will keep us from forgiving others and we are not bold enough to go tell the person that he / she hurt us.
This will bring so much of hatred in our heart that will kill the purity of heart. One thing we all have to understand is that forgiveness is a godly character.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiveness will take out the grievances. For our purity we must forgive one another.
2. Forgiveness brings righteousness
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
God is looking for people to be righteous. How can we be righteous unless we keep our heart pure. Because of Jesusí willingness He brought righteousness into our life. Same way we must be willing to forgive others. Many times we will have excuses not to forgive but Jesus had more excuses than we had still he was willing to forgive. When we forgive we are taking out the sin from our heart making our heart righteous before the Lord.
3. Forgiveness brings joy and gratefulness
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If we are grateful to God we will be willing to forgive others. We know that our sins, how bad they were but still God was willing to forgive them all that in return we must forgive others. Grateful people are the happiest people in the world.
Forgiveness of our sins can make us to be joyful Acts 8:39 when we donít forgive others we are not grateful or joyful but we will have hatred in our heart.
Many of us struggle with the same sin not willing to forgive others show that how selfish and uncaring heart we have and that will take the joy away from our hearts. Whoever forgives from their hearts they are the strong Christians.
Forgiving doesnít mean that you should overlooks or be careless but take that in your heart and deal with it in a godly way. Christianity is nothing but a relationship if we are not willing to forgive others then there is no Christianity in us.
In conclusion, I challenge all of you to go and spend time with the people who hurt you.