“I forgive you,” is a statement that lifts a heavy weight off of anyone’s shoulders. We enjoy hearing it, and it can bring instant relief. But sometimes hearing it is a lot easier than saying it.
Why is it so hard to forgive?
For me, it was because I didn’t understand God’s forgiveness. I measured his forgiveness to the people in my life forgiveness towards me and others. Someone can say they forgive you but you notice the relationship after the mistake just isn’t the same. I can say I forgive someone, but to be honest it can be hard to trust that person again.
It wasn’t until I read two scriptures that have changed my outlook on forgiveness forever.
“ He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
Micah 7: 18-19
“ There is no God like you. You take away people’s guilt. God will forgive his people who survive. He will not stay angry with them forever, because he enjoys being kind. He will come back and comfort us again. He will throw all our sins into the deep sea.”
It states that God has removed our sins. Remove means to eliminate or get rid of. Never to resurface again.
There have been times where I thought I had forgiven myself, but caught myself feeling guilty and also ashamed about a situation over again. Every time guilt and shame resurfaced, I would feel the need to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness again. But it was already forgotten.
I’ve learned the way to encounter God’s forgiveness is by repenting, asking for forgiveness and then it is forgotten.
Repent means to acknowledge what you’ve done, and vow to change your ways. Forgive means to let go of. Forget means fail to remember.
God is not like people. When he forgives you, it’s never to be brought up again. He takes away our guilt. He won’t stay angry because he enjoys being kind. He even comforts us after we have made countless mistakes.
Just reading and studying about Forgiveness has change my outlook and also the way I plan to extend forgiveness to others, and also to myself.
I hope this is encouragement for you too. Understand that before you can extend forgiveness to anyone else, we have to start with ourselves. Always remember that your sins are forgiven and forgotten.