Today I will be teaching FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM
Freedom means to be liberated from something that has been oppressing or caging one down. This can be in form of physical, mental and spiritual oppression.
Unforgiveness and bitterness can also be a way to a cage one down as it is described as poisoning your own self while expecting the person who hurt you to feel its effects
Ephesians 4:32 New International Version (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
We as Christians are meant to forgive each other as we try to become like Christ each day. But that is easier said than done.
To forgive is beyond our human nature, it is something that comes from God and it is by his Grace that we are able to forgive one another.
If you’ve noticed, it says CHRIST GOD, this is to emphasise the greatest act of forgiveness and freedom when Jesus died on the cross for us. He was the lamb that was slain for our sins so that we could have eternal life.
Tonight I would like to focus on the *benefits of having a forgiving nature and how it can liberate your soul and spirit
1. Forgiving shows that you acknowledge that you are also human
we humans step on each other’s toes and we offend one another very easily. Whether you are the most perfect person in the world, what you do consciously or unconsciously has offended/hurt someone in some way or the other. By recognising that no one is perfect, you will be able to forgive others as it shows that you understand that you are not above man since you are also human.
Unforgiveness can be associated with pride and the bible states how God hates pride and how it is an abomination to him.
If you yourself know that you are perfect then throw the first stone. If not, let go and forgive the person. there’s no point holding a grudge because, after several days, the person will forget and move on with their life, while you are still upset over nothing.
2. Forgiveness liberates your soul
I’ve been in a position where I had resentment towards someone for a good reason too, but at the end of the day, it was eating away my good character. I wasn’t myself anymore and I was just bitter and the ability to love others and myself was hard. And this was because where one is holding bitterness/resentment God won’t want to be around such a person. (Note that I didn’t say leave the person, God won’t forsake you)
Imagine being around someone who is bitter and angry, even if it isn’t towards you, you will feel the energy. Would you want to be around such a person? No. As much as God will prod you to forgive and let go, you have to be the one to decide because you’re the only person it is really affecting.
So forgiveness liberates your soul as it opens your heart to God’s love. It brings you closer to him and as you get closer to him, he brings you closer to good people and the love you have will radiate to those around you
I’ll end it with just those points so the other teachers can elaborate more as the week progresses