1. God forgave our sins, so we should be able to forgive others.
Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Forgiveness is one of the most important parts of scripture. To walk with our Father we must learn how to forgive others. The problem with forgiveness is that it is a hard thing to do. When a person hurts us we do not want to turn around and say “I forgive you”, because most likely at that moment we are not ready to forgive them in our heart. To truly forgive it must come from your heart, that is why it is important to ask God for help so that he may soften your heart.
2. It will burden our hearts to not forgive.
For me there have been times where I could not forgive someone for hurting me. The problem was I couldn’t think about anything else. I even talked about it to others to the point where they did not want to hear about it anymore.
When someone hurts us we want vengeance; we want them to know our pain. This is when not forgiving someone leads to sin. For me, when I finally did forgive the person it was as if a weight had dropped from my heart.
Not forgiving someone, which is sin, is a very heavy weight to hold. It will lighten your soul so much to forgive the person.
3. Freedom is forgiveness.
This is the most important reason to forgive, because it leads us to be closer to our Father. If you cannot forgive you are not free. Forgiveness it not something that can happen overnight. It takes time, but with God it will happen much faster. The pain holds you down from freedom, joy, and happiness. Forgiveness is a major key to eternal freedom and life.
4. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean you have to forget.
There are times where it is not possible to forget something. Forgiveness does not mean it will instantly fix your friendships or relationships with the other person. But, it does mean you have come to terms with what was done and you no longer have a hard heart about it.
Break-ups are an example of this. If a relationship ends because the other person hurt you in the worst possible way then you should no longer continue the relationship, but you should forgive them for what they did. The phrase, ‘forgive and forget’ is not always the case, because there will be times where it is not possible to forget.
God will always be there to help us through hard times. If you rely completely on him he will help you overcome hardships. God forgave our sins with the biggest sacrifice of all, so we should be able to forgive others and sacrifice our own pride.