Often it is hard to let go of the things that happened yesterday. Yet the things that upset us are the very things that prevent us from seeing the fullness of today. Jesus knew that our hearts and minds trap us in guilt, ill will, and revenge. This is one of the very reasons he came to reveal his forgiveness and love.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Colossians 3:13
What we don’t realize is that forgiveness is for our sake and not necessarily for the other person. When we aren’t able to forgive, the attitude we hold eats away at us, causing distress, anger, frustration, bitterness, and the list goes on. It is the reason we can’t sleep, or we have headaches, or our stomach is upset. When Jesus died on the cross he took our sins upon himself and offers us forgiveness. We also achieve atonement through forgiveness, allowing us to reconcile ourselves with God.
Forgiveness allows us to become one with ourselves, each other, and with God. Our God is so great and wonderful that he wants us to enjoy each new day and behold each new moment. Forgiveness is the gift that helps us to do this!