Forgiveness. It is a simple word. However it is one of the hardest things I think our human selves can do.
When we learn to forgive others we learn to let go of hurt, resentment, anger, and negative emotions that go with those things.
When we take time to truly study forgiveness and what it means, we learn more about who we are in Christ. I fully believe that forgiveness has less to do with others and more to do with our own hearts.
Growing up we have been taught that we should “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” The sad truth is that many other people just do not care how they treat us.
Personally I have found myself in situations where forgiveness seems near impossible. Why would I extend a piece of my heart and forgive people who have hurt me so badly?
The reason is because God has commanded I do so! He says that in order for Him to forgive me I must forgive others.
Friend, that is a hard hard pill to swallow . . . to forgive someone who has hurt me so deeply . . . to let go of the hurt they have caused. Doing so allows me to grieve the pain and move forward.
Please understand that I do not think that forgiveness means that we forget the transgression. In fact I think that is part of why God blessed us with a memory. I think we are to remember the transgression, while forgiving the transgressor. It keeps us from allowing the same pain to be inflicted upon us. When we remember that someone has hurt us we keep ourselves from being a victim over again.
Are you working through pain and trying to learn to forgive the person that caused it?
I have some verses that I think will help you!
Scripture to Help with Forgiveness
Proverbs 17:9 – Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Luke 6:37 – Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Psalm 86:5 – You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
1 John 2:2 – He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Joel 2:13 – Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Mark 11:25 – And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Psalm 32:5 – Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Do you need more encouragement?
I have created scripture cards, designed to fit in your pocket on a clip ring.
It is my true desire that you feel a sense of peace that comes from forgiveness after using these cards.
There are many ways to use this tool. Print the cards off, cut them apart, and tape them around your home as a constant reminder. Laminate the cards and keep them close at hand so you can see them when you are troubled. Go one step further and punch a hole in the laminated cards and attach them together with a jump ring. This allows you to throw them in your bag and carry them with you wherever you go.
You can get these Scripture Cards to Help with Forgiveness for FREE right now!
Just grab them below and follow the directions above or in the pack. May these be a tool to help you through this difficult time.