I know it’s hard sometimes. Especially when we’ve been deeply hurt. Somehow we feel we have a right to be angry…a right to be bitter. Yet the word of God warns us about unforgiveness. In the 18th chapter of Matthew, Jesus (Yeshua) tells the parable of the unforgiving servant. After being forgiven much, this servant was unwilling to forgive his fellow servant for much less. As a result, he was given over to the torturers until the master, who had forgiven him for much, was payed back in full.
The hardest case of forgiving for me was toward my earthly father. He had done many things to be angry about. However, I had allowed a “root of bitterness” (Hebrews 12:15) to develop and grow that caused emotional damage to myself and others; the ramifications of which are still being dealt with. After I had truly forgiven my father, not only did I experience the lifting of a burden off of my shoulders, but I also was given a heart of compassion for him. God allowed me to see his shortcomings, emotional hurts and lack of knowlegde or understanding of how to be a father.
Always forgive! Always! No exceptions. There are none. The greater the hurt that has been done to you, the more urgent it is to forgive. Forgive so you can experience your healing.
Not only has God given me compassion for my father. He has also given me love for my father. God has given me a position of strength and comfort for my father. If I hadn’t forgiven him, I would not have had this chance for my Father in heaven to restore myself or my earthly father.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” —Matthew 6:14-15
Thank you for blessing me Father in heaven,
Your son, Allen