And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven [because of their faith]; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained [and remain unforgiven because of their unbelief].” John 20: 22-23 AMP.
Greetings Beloved of the Lord! I trust you are still standing firm in your walk with God. May His love and mercy be upon you always.
Today I want to talk about the power of forgiving others; the act of pardoning comes with the blessing of restoring the person and allowing them to start anew in making better decisions. There is so much liberation that comes with knowing that your sins are pardoned. Therefore, it is good to let people know that you have forgiven their wrongdoing.
I grew up in a catholic church, and what I used to enjoy as an eleven-year-old was the time of confession, kneeling in front of the priest and confessing all those silly sins of stealing cookies and sweets from my grandmother’s cookie jar. My highlight always came when the priest declared me free of those sins. I would walk out of that room with so much joy and understanding that God had forgiven me. That was a point of restoration and starting afresh for me.
Even though I was still a young girl, those words made so much difference in my life in general. That knowledge empowered me to be a good girl and stay away from any form of mischievousness. Had the priest retained my sins, I would walk around feeling guilty; that would have brought so much condemnation in my life, and I would not have continued to grow into this woman I have become.
It is important to set people free and let them know that you have released them by the power of forgivenes.
When we retain sins, we are binding the lives of people from progressing and moving forward. Their lives become imprisoned until you set them free. The sad part is that you also bind your life along with them. They will not experience hardship alone; you also will join in their suffering; you will become one with them until you set them free.
We learn about this matter in Matthew chapter 18, verses 21-35; When a man refused to forgive others shortly after receiving forgiveness from his master. As a result, he received the very same harsh punishment he issued to his fellow brethren. The same condemnation, he gave to his fellow servant was also bestowed upon him because he could not show the same kindness he received from the master.
The most important thing about forgiving others is that, as you release them, you are also setting yourself free. That allows the work of the Holy Spirit to begin to bring healing and restoration. As they gain the freedom to start afresh, you also receive the liberty to move forward-leaning on the Lord Jesus.
May I encourage you this day to take the necessary time and call people who have wronged you in the past or recently and let them know that you are willing to forgive them! May you resolve within yourself to forgive and let go of the hurt and allow God to transform their lives, and also watch God as He takes you to another level of transformation in your life.