Emmanuel GabrielWorks at OpenBinacle Limited
This black man killed Brian Warth oldest brother 35 years ago. Today, Brain Warth and his mom forgave the black man & prayed for him as they stood over Brain Warth eldest brother's grave site. This is the power of the Gospel. God can empower you to forgive those who hurt you. Come hear his mom's story this Sunday at Chapel of Change. 9:30am + 12:15 - 6701 Alondra Blvd. Paramount. Or 10:45am - 1100 E. Del Amo Blvd. Long Beach.
While preparing this article, my heartbeats increased and i could feel my adrenal gland, i called all the functions and metrics running in my brain memory and started remembering the people that have hurt me in my past. Honestly, it is really difficult to forgive those who deliberately penetrated your skin with NAILS and all the hates in this world. I asked myself a question, WHO CAN FORGIVE IN THIS MANNER LIKE JESUS DID FOR US?
While i pondered on this and went through the scriptures, encyclopedias and every other online materials to form a brilliant concept, these materials all had the same pointers. This is what i found:
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. In the Bible, the Greek word translated forgiveness" literally means "to let go," as when a person does not demand payment for a debt. Jesus used this comparison when he taught his followers to pray: "Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us." (Luke 11:4) Likewise, in his parable of the unmerciful slave, Jesus equated forgiveness with canceling a debt. Matthew 18:23-35.
We forgive others when we let go of resentment and give up any claim to be compensated for the hurt or loss we have suffered. The Bible teaches that unselfish love is the basis for true forgiveness, since love "does not keep account of the injury." - 1 Corinthians 13:4, 5.
You might be a Religious leader (Clergyman, Bishop, etc..) or Philanthropist or have led more 1 million souls to Christ, but UNFORGIVENESS will land you in Hell. Period.
How to forgive someone:
1. Remember what forgiveness involves. You are not condoning the wrong or acting as if it never happened - you are simply letting it go.
2. Recognize the benefits of forgiving. Letting go of anger and resentment can help you to keep calm, improve your health, and increase your happiness. (Proverbs 14:30; Matthew 5:9) Even more important, forgiving others is a key to receiving God's forgiveness for your own sins. - Matthew 6:14, 15.
3. Be empathetic. All of us are imperfect. (James 3:2) Just as we appreciate being forgiven, we should likewise forgive the mistakes of others. - Matthew 7:12.
4. Be reasonable. When we have a minor cause for complaint, we can apply the Bible counsel: "Continue putting up with one another." - Colossians 3:13.
5. Act quickly. Work to forgive as soon as you can rather than letting your anger fester. Infact negotiate a meeting with the party and settle immediately - Ephesians 4:26, 27.