Reason # 14: You can count it all joy because forgiveness is a choice!


No one ever said that life would be easy! And whether our pain has come from the hand of others or by our own foolish mistakes, we still need the gift of forgiveness.

At times it may feel difficult to forgive someone depending upon the wrong that they have done to us. It may seem even harder to forgive ourselves for our own failures and shortcomings. Yet, Jesus in His dealings with Peter demonstrated that forgiveness is a choice and not a feeling. Jesus provided an example of love and forgiveness to a man who denied Him not once but three times.

As a result of receiving forgiveness Peter was restored to fellowship and was able to continue in service to the Lord. It was that same Peter who stood up on the day of Pentecost and preached a powerful sermon that impacted the lives of many people. Acts 2 (NKJV)

The same love and forgiveness that was available to Peter is also available to us when we miss the mark. God expects us to always receive forgiveness and extend that same mercy to others. Receiving forgiveness releases us from fear, quilt, shame and condemnation. Forgiving others releases them from wrath and judgment. John 20:23 (NKJV) says,” If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. If you retain the sins of any they are retained.”

Today, let us pause and take inventory of our lives. As we do, let us ask God to help us to release anyone including ourselves from  unforgiveness. Bitterness and unforgiveness is not a healthy way to live. But love and forgiveness are two pearls that we can always choose to give!]]>