Forgiveness does not come easy for most of us. Why? Because it is a part of our human nature to protect ourselves. It is primitive survival reflex to remember what hurt us and shun away from it or even repel it–doing theis is like our way of making sure that we are not harmed by the same things over and over again.
However, the Bible clearly states that the act of forgiveness is a Christian duty we must all fulfill. Matthew 6:15 tells us that,“If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” And in Colossians 3:13, the Apostle Paul counsels us to, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Forgiving is so hard because it requires us to go against our natural instincts. As we know, overcoming our human inclinations is very difficult. I believe that to really forgive and let go of all the pain and grudges is something that we have the capacity can do. It is only through the help of the Holy Spirit that we will be able to have the strength to let go of all the hate and forgive.
If you are struggling in offering someone forgiveness, reading this post might give you some great insights: “How Can I Forgive? How Can I Forget?“