Many of us have experienced struggles with forgiving those who have hurt and wronged us. In addition, we may need to forgive ourselves for immature, thoughtless actions and reactions.
For the serious follower of Jesus Christ, forgiving is not optional. In fact, the Lord’s prayer ties it to our own forgiveness. I certainly do not want to let my attitude towards someone else keep me from the best God has for me.
Forgiving does not mean we think the other person was right in what they did to us, it does not mean we have to go back into the same closeness we had with them before the offense occurred. It does mean we free them to let God do His work and we do not try to do it for Him. It is very freeing to release the results to Him and just “let it go.”
It can be quite a struggle, but it is well worth it. After all, none of us have the extreme situation Jesus had as He hung on the cross and He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Unshackled has some specific guidelines for those who are facing the difficulty of forgiving someone.