Forgiveness means letting go of your right to punish another (yourself too), and choosing through the power of God’s love to hold onto the other person rather than his or her offense...

Rather than drawing a curtain and pushing each other away, we push sin and judgment away and draw near to each other. Put as simply as possible, forgiveness is releasing the other from the penalty of sin so the relationship can be restored.

In the process of forgiving, the first barrier you have to remove is within yourself. You have to decide to let go of the offense along with your desire to punish the offender.
Understanding forgiveness as a decision to let go is important because we often confuse forgiveness with our emotions.
While forgiveness affects and can bring relief to our emotions, it’s much more than an emotion. It’s a decision we make based on our worship of God to forgive as he forgives.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Open up your Heart to forgiveness & you will set free!

Could you Forgive?

It takes courage, Faith, Love, Compassion, Understanding, Self-discipline

Forgive Yourself-Forgive Others-as God Forgive Us "(Me)"

It feel good to be able to sleep with a peaceful concience

Colossians 3:10 Putting on the New Self

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator. What is that mean?

Eph. 4:23  To be made new in the attitude of your minds; We must accept and wear that new self because as long as we live we still have the old self to contend with. There will be a constant struggle between the old self and the new self from God. So we must put that new self on daily. What does forgiving has to do with that? Eph. 4:26  "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. It can affect your relationships, your health and your spiritual life. Learn to forgive, It can affect your relationships, our health, and your spiritual life, the relationship with God.

Don’t be controlled by anger, especially if you find yourself hating people because of it. We are not to even hate our enemies. When we don't forgive others, we are being controlled by anger, and ressentment, we can't love and worship God at the some time. Eph. 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold. We can give the devil a foothold in our life through unresolved anger, whenever we are angry we can't let it go, we can't forgive, we can't let go of grudges. A bad foothold will crumble and maybe even send you to your death, A good foothold will keep your foot in place so you can continue to climb.  It is the same with the devil.  If he gets a good foothold in climbing your life, he can then continue to climb, do not allow him to climb in your life, he leads to death and separates us from Gods Love...

Eph. 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God forgave you.     

We are giving God the condition that He can forgive us as we forgive others, how many times do we not forgive others and yet expect God to forgive us?  We need to practice what we preach. We need to do unto others what we expect God will do for us.

We don't want forgive only because you want to set yourselves free, and because We want God to forgive us, we want to forgive because it is God's will, our father wants us to have peace and to practice Love.

How about self Forgiveness?
2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Take a look at the picture, the woman is humble enough to ask Jesus for forgiveness, she appreciates that gift, and she turned away from bad. We can be sure that if we Repent, we will be forgiving, but we also have to forgive ourselves!

The importance of forgiving Ourselves

We've come to our father & our savior Jesus Christ and repented, but haven't really accepted the truth about what God has done for us yet. The way that we see Ourselves is not an accurate picture of what Christ has done for You and Me, It is basically denying the work that Jesus accomplished for us by dying for us. I sometimes still struggle with the side effects of my sins and past, but I work hard to accept the mercy that God extended for me, he wants us to feel free of guilt, that whispering (voice) that we hear is not God, it is the enemy.

James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (wash our hands)

We hate ourselves, We could kick ourselves over and over for our past failures and choices, feel ashamed and guilty over our past, and We keep holding it against ourselve. We're Sabotaging our Relationships and Happiness, I know because I have done it, we push people away because we feel as we are just a dirty used sponge, but Jesus died to take away our sins. 1Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.

I Need/You Need to forgive Myself/forgive Yourself. We can go through deliverance, but if we don't forgive ourselves for the mistakes we've made, We won't experience the breakthrough that We need to be totally set free. Jehovah God fogiviness and our savior Jesus Christ sacrifice are precious gifts to us, We are so LovedJohn 3:16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son,so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17: For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. It's important to rememer that whenever someone gives us a gift and we accept it with gratitude, the giver joy is greater, but if we ignore it they feel hurt, and unappreciated. God feels horrible to see how we beat ourselves up for things that he already forgave us for, free yourself of guilt, let i go of that heavy burden that is breaking you down.

Whenever we continue on beating ourselves about our sins, is like saying; I don't care what the Blood of Jesus has done, I still hate myself for what I've done! We need to stop being cruel to ourselves. "It's stagging to think such a thing, but that is what really happens when we refuse to forgive ourselves. We will be hesitant and feel unworthy to approach our Heavenly Father, because we feel that we are failures and unworthy... I've been there many times,it's painful, depressing. I remember even reading the Bible was a challenge, prayers too, I felt as I wasn't good enough, maybe you feel the some way sometimes, or know someone that struggles with such burden. 2 Peter 1:9 "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

 Hebrews 12:15, "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."God is giving us a chance to feel good again, accept his gift, remove that negativity away from you, be happy, God wants You and I to be Happy. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to heal our soul; We need to let God heal us, because as long as we keep holding something against Ourselves, we are blocking the Holy Spirit's power from entering and healing that area of our minds and lives! 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us for our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Speak positive words: Say to yourself, "When I confess my sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive me.

Psalms 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."Say to yourself, "My sins are not simply covered, but they are removed from me... taken so far from me, that there is no way that they can be considered a part of me anymore!" I believe, the righteousness of God is upon me.

Begin to see youself the same way that your Heavenly Father sees you!

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