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The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Written by Aaron J. Hall

Categories: Devotional

Tags: Forgiveness

Comments: 2

"When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins." - Mark 11:25 (NIV)

As we scroll through our feeds and encounter news, personal stories, and the opinions of others, it is all too easy to be critical, hold grudges, or feel wronged in some way. In these moments, we are reminded of the incredible power and necessity of forgiveness.

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He included the words, "forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us" (Luke 11:4, NIV). Jesus emphasized that our willingness to forgive others is intrinsically linked to our ability to receive the immeasurable forgiveness that God extends to all who believe in Him.

Forgiveness doesn't mean we forget the pain caused or condone harmful actions, but it allows us to release the burden of bitterness and resentment toward the offender. Letting go of these toxic feelings frees us from their crippling grasp, and, in turn, reflects God's divine love and mercy to those around us.

As you scroll through your feed today and encounter posts that challenge your values or trigger an emotional reaction, take a moment to pause and reflect on the Gospel-centered principle of forgiveness. Remind yourself of the undeserved grace and mercy God continuously pours upon you and extend that same grace to others.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your forgiveness, which frees us from our past mistakes and allows us a fresh start. Help us to be more like You today by extending the same forgiveness to those around us. Grant us wisdom, patience, and strength to let go of any bitterness we hold in our hearts. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Aaron is a husband, dad, youth pastor, author, and blogger. His latest book, Redeem the Story: A Call to Let God Rewrite Your Story, is now available. He currently serves as the youth pastor at More 2 Life Ministries in Okeechobee, Florida where he lives with his wife and 4 boys.

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