What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness doesn’t exactly mean forgetting. It implies not feeling angry or bad about past offenses committed against you, when remembered. It also means you’re no longer angry with the person who offended you. Sometimes, people offend you, and your relationship with them may change, that’s normal, but if you meet the person and refuse to greet them, or accept their greetings, then you’ve not forgiven.
Now, unforgiveness is a direct opposite of forgiveness. It goes with anger. You refuse to forgive someone, you’ll get angry when you see the person. That’s unhealthy.
What does the Bible say about forgiveness?
The Bible, in Matthew 6:14-15, says that we should forgive others so that our heavenly Father will forgive us, and if we don’t, He would forgive us.
Now, how do you live in agreement with God when he has not forgiven us? For the eyes of God cannot behold sin.
It would suffice to say that according to the passage, one way to ask for forgiveness from God is to first forgive others. So, basically, we have to forgive in order to be forgiven.
The bible also goes on, in Ephesians 4:26, to urge that "let the sun not go down while you are angry". This clearly means that our anger should not exist for as long as a day.
Also, in Ephesians 4:31 &32, we are urged to take the example of God in forgiving others, as He forgave us.
And according to 1John 4:20, if you love God, you will have no room to hate someone, else you’re a liar. Picture this; God loved the world... how did he show it? By forgiving us...what’s the evidence? He gave his only begotten son- Jesus to die for our sins.Therefore, we start to show love, when we start to forgive... forgive today, as God forgave us and still does everyday. Much Love, Y'all!