Hi, my name is Marie George, and welcome to God Today. Today I want to talk about forgiveness. Forgiveness is such a beautiful thing. And if you think about it, it is the very foundation for our walk with the Lord, it’s the very basis for us even having a relationship with Jesus, because Jesus forgave us. He removed that wall of sin that separated us from Him, that kept us from coming close. When He forgave us, He completely removed that. Now we’re able to have fellowship with Him. We’re able to have a relationship with Him. So forgiveness is so amazing, but how many of you know that it’s not always easy. It’s definitely not the easiest thing to just forgive people. Like if somebody hurts you or says something to you or, or genuinely wounds you, it’s hard sometimes to forgive that person. So today I want to share three keys to walking in forgiveness.
The first key is prayer. The first key is praying for that person that you are struggling to forgive. Prayer is so powerful. It’s almost supernatural, how, when you start praying for somebody, even if you don’t feel it, you don’t always have to feel it in your heart this gushy love for that person. If you just start praying for that person, you start encountering the Father’s heart and heaven’s perspective, God’s perspective on that situation for that person. And maybe you’ll see them in a way that you’ve never seen them before. So prayer is so powerful. It begins to change your heart and it changes the person that you are praying for, and it just gives fresh perspective. Also, prayer is such a powerful way to show love. When you pray for somebody, you are showing them love.
The second key is serving, it is humbling yourself. And I know it, it just sounds painful. Like why would I want to serve the person? I can’t even forgive them, how am I going to serve them? It’s crazy. Again, a very supernatural thing, but very, very practical. Serve that person. It could be so simple. It could be bringing them a meal, sending them a kind word of encouragement. It could be buying them a coffee, or even just helping with an errand. It could even just be saying, “Hi,” I don’t know, but serving that person, humbling yourself and just doing something to show that person love, and just breaking those walls down. It’s like, you’re showing the enemy like, no, I am going to forgive this person. So prayer, humbling yourself.
And the third key is: remember. It is remembering that Jesus, that God forgave us of our sins while we were still sinners, He forgave us and He expects us to forgive others as well. I love what it says in Ephesians 4:32, it says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.” It’s really that simple. It’s in His word. It’s God’s heart for us to forgive, and just believing that truth and embracing it and saying, “God, I know it’s your word, and I just want to, I want to forgive. I want to do this,” and just bringing it before Him. So three keys to walking in forgiveness: pray for that person that you are struggling to forgive, humble yourself, key number two. And the third key is just remember that Christ forgave us first.
So I’m just going to pray over us. Heavenly Father, God, we just thank you for your grace, and we thank you that you are the God of compassion, and that you’re the one that is the one that is teaching us how to forgive, how to let go. So I pray for every person watching right now, Lord, that you would highlight someone, that you would highlight a situation, Lord, that you would release grace for that, for forgiveness to be released, to implement these three keys. Oh God, we thank you for grace for each and every listener to forgive, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.