Scripture: 2 Samuel 2:1-7
“Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” Matthew 6:12 (TLB)
As humans, when people offend us, we tend to get back at them. Some people have vowed never to forgive friends, peers, spouses or family members who had, in the past, lied, cheated, abused or maltreated them. Naturally, our flesh would want to hold grudges and seek avenue for revenge rather than forgiveness.
When David heard the news about the men of Jabesh-gilead burying Saul, he was very pleased with their action. He even sent an emissary to carry a message of blessing to the people for their show of kindness towards the slain King Saul. David, however, treated the Amalekite who killed Saul differently. The Amalekite probably thought David would rejoice over Saul’s death so he brought Saul’s crown and bracelets to David (2 Sam. 1:5-16). Little did the Amalekite know that David had already forgiven Saul for the wrong done to him. Despite the fact that David was now king, he wept over the death of Saul (2 Sam. 1:17)
In this world, there are people who will dislike us for no reason. They may frustrate, offend and hurt us in many ways. These may, sometimes, be people closest to us or even in church. Refuse to let their behavior cause you to sin. Refuse to live in unforgiveness so you do not hinder the flow of the Holy Spirit in your life. Make a decision today to release anyone you have held bound in unforgiveness. When you release them, you release yourself and your blessings.
Lord, give the grace to forgive every one that has hurt me in life, in Jesus name, Amen.
I forgive as the Lord has forgiven me also.