“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Please pray for the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the largest countries in the world, with over 150 million people. Please pray for revival in Nigeria and that millions more people would become Christians and that the Christians would grow in faith and holiness and truth.
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We must learn to forgive each other. Because nobody is perfect—not me, not you. The word “forgive” means “to release — to let go.” If you want to have a relationship that lasts more than 6 months, you’ve got to learn how to let things go. Otherwise, it’s loneliness and bitterness for me and you. You see, relationships are like cars. Sometimes they need repair. Wear and tear, constant mileage, accidents: cars need attention to keep working. And just because you have to take it to the shop and spend some money doesn’t mean you should abandon the car. It has years and years more to go; it just needs a little work done from time to time.
Relationships are just like that. Sometimes it’s just taking the car in for a regular service—like asking, “Have I done anything to offend you? How can I be better? I love you.” Or maybe it’s something more serious—like a major offense. But if you want the relationship to last, you have to make things right. You have to forgive from your heart. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
If you want God to forgive you, you have to forgive others. There’s no way around that. Jesus said, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14,15). God is not going to forgive you for your many sins if you are not willing to forgive someone their relatively few sins against you. What if your child refused to share his cookie with his brother but expected you to give him most of your dinner? You wouldn’t want to teach him that kind of behavior.
God wants us to forgive each other, because He has forgiven us. Who do you need to forgive? Maybe it’s a relative you don’t even see anymore; maybe it’s your best friend or spouse. No matter who it is, the same action is necessary. It’s not always easy, but it is rewarding. Forgiveness will free you from the burden of bitterness and help you have lasting relationships. It will also allow you to receive God’s forgiveness. Take a moment today and ask God to help you forgive all those who have wronged you and thank Him for His incredible forgiveness.