Forgiveness can be a difficult. If God can forgive us, we need to forgive others. Am I the only one that is hard for?
I can try and justify not forgiving others. It comes down to the words that Jesus said, if you retain and hold onto the sins of others, God will hold onto your sins as well.
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
—John 20:21-23 (NKJV)
I used to think that when you forgave others, you had to let them back in your life. Now, I understand this is not the case. I can forgive in my heart and still stay away from people that don’t have my best interests in their hearts.
The bible says to choose your company wisely. It says to spend time with Godly people, away from sinners. Don’t have dinner and spend time with people who hate you, or are scornful. People that have contempt for you, will try to twist and turn your words against you and ruin your reputation. Stay far away from these people. Instead, spend time with Godly people who encourage and support you.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
—Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
I see all these pictures on Facebook of these huge families spending time together. That is so amazing! I pray that my children will stay close and be friends when they are older.
Families can be complicated. In the beginning of time, Cain killed his brother Abel, because he was jealous. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, because they were jealous. Adverse family relationships have been around since the beginning of time.
A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
-Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV)
When we feel like Joseph, alone and abandoned, remember whose we are. We are not alone. God will always be there for us. God is the first and last, the beginning and the end.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
—Revelation 22:13 (NKJV)
We have to let go of the earthly wrongs done to us, so God will forgive us. We need to turn towards heaven and know Our Heavenly Father.
Sing Your Praises
The Father’s House by Cory Asbury