“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive”(Col.3:12-13). Paul teaches that Christians are to forgive as God forgives. God forgives us every time we fall short. So, the Christian’s responsibility is to forgive others, even the repeat offenders. This is tough at times, depending on the severity of the offense. No matter how hurt I am or how personal the offense is, my role as a Christian is to forgive.
True forgiveness is as much for the one giving forgiveness as it is for the one needing forgiveness. When you truly forgive someone, you free yourself from holding on to negative feelings and a potential grudge. Forgiveness is about letting go of the past and moving forward. Part of letting go and forgiving is also forgetting. If you can’t forget about it, whatever it is, then you aren’t willing to forgive. When God forgives, He forgets.(Heb.8:12) That painful experience may be locked in your mind from now on, but when you forgive, you choose to forget by not bringing it up again.
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”(Mt.6:14-15).