Looking at life, we discover that it is a cycle that revolves round itself. The world we live in is full of many kinds of people as statistics puts it that there are about 7 billion people currently in existence. Therefore, it is important and paramount to know that all these people have their several and unique features, characteristics and personality. Knowing this to be true, therefore, we must endeavor to build capacity in order to accommodate people the way they are. The Lord Jesus Christ told us that “Offenses must come”. There are no two ways about it. What must be must be and cannot be escaped or avoided. As much as offenses must come, we ought to learn forgiveness like our master Jesus Christ
In life, the cycle of offenses keeps on occurring and reoccurring. People keep offending us just the same way we keep offending people in our day to day life. Now the question is, “Who has offended you”? We have been hurt in several ways by people we least expect. Sometimes, we render help with a clear conscience to people in need but in turn, our good act is repaid with evil to the point that we are so vexed and think that nothing will ever make us forgive. Our Lord is calling us to a lifestyle of forgiveness. Our inability to practice forgiveness makes us human but our ability to practice forgiveness shows that the seed of God is resident in our lives. If we have been hurt, indeed it seems difficult as human beings to let go. Of course we are all human beings and I know that some or even all the people reading this article has at one point or the other been offended that you promise not to let go. It is time to let go. He who harbors any burden in his heart suppresses himself greatly.
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The Bible said in Colossians chapter three verse thirteen, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”. Indeed it is difficult but God’s grace is sufficient for us and it is made perfect in our weaknesses. Therefore it’s time to forgo and let go to move on. This mountain of unforgiveness has kept a lot of people for so long that progress has gone far from them. Remember that the Lord’s Prayer says, “Forgive us our trespass as we have forgiven those who trespass against us”. If I am to paraphrase it, it means do not forgive me my trespasses for I have not forgiven those that trespass against me. Therefore, make life easy for yourself by easing yourself some burdens that are suppressing you. For give those who offend you, whether they apologize or not. Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, and Stephen at the point of death also repeated the same thing. Therefore it’s you turn to forgive so that you can move further that no root of bitterness springing up may defile you. Then if you have wronged anyone, seek for opportunity to right your wrongs as God will be strengthening you. God bless you.
BY C.M.O, CHUKWUEKE
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