Authentic Forgiveness Prospers Your Soul

art beach beautiful clouds
Photo by Pixabay on

23-24 “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.”-Matthew 5:23-24 (The Message)

A couple years ago, I was tasked with leading a team. As I was praying one morning, I realized I was harboring bitterness and resentment toward three people. The thought of these people made me cringe and I still had unresolved feelings of hurt and betrayal. I was prompted by The Holy Spirit to pray for these three people. As I prayed for them authentically, I began to see them as human beings who were spouses, parents, taxpayers and more. I eventually reconciled with two of the people and keep all three people in my prayers.

Jesus never committed a sin but willingly died for everyone so we could be in relationship with God. When God sees us, he sees Jesus and we are seen as righteous. We are seen in right standing with God despite the fact we never paid the penalty for our sins.  As human beings, we can sometimes forget that God forgave us of our sins and shortcomings. You should not be a doormat  for anyone but we need to take an inventory of your heart. Are you asking God to forgive you for your sins but you are harboring unforgiveness toward someone else? Forgiveness does not mean you were not hurt. It means that you have decided to let the person off the hook and you will not continue wish them ill.

I know in life we will have people who will betray, disappoint and hurt us. Sometimes, it is done on purpose and other times it was done unintentionally. We have to remember none of us is perfect. We will betray, disappointment and hurt other people intentionally and unintentionally. We will expect for people to forgive us and extend mercy to us. We need to do the same to other people. Forgiveness is a process and it should not be done quickly. Reconciliation does not equal forgiveness. Sometimes, we cannot be restored to the exact standing with everyone who we have been hurt by and that is okay. We need to make a decision to be honest. Can you imagine if every error we have ever made is played on repeat daily for everyone to hear and see? If you truly forgive, you cannot bring up the grievance everyday for the rest of your life.

Walk in forgiveness!

Published by Ada Orie

I am a Nigerian-American Christian woman based in Baltimore who writes about Christianity, dating, food, friendships and more. My goal is to provide a free and safe place where people can express themselves while learning from one another. Thank you for checking out my blog. I look forward to learning from you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Jesusluvsall's Blog

This Blog is about my faith in Jesus and trying serve others

Words from the Wheel

A Ministry of Hope


Online Magazine - 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Reckless Abandon

Fully Devoted to God

Life Seems

The Mystery, Motivation and Mastery of Life


where love, inspiration, and encouragement collide

Joy Cottage

Your Place of Encouragement

Great Is God's Faithfulness

All I have needed God's hand has provided!

Drawing Closer to Christ

Trusting the Love of Jesus Christ, One Day at a Time - Psalm 13:5 NIV, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

Christian Mommas

Spiritual Experiences of Motherhood

♡Heart Tokens♡

Faith, hope & love


Redefining lives in God

Jordan W. Smith

Focusing on the goodness God, one blog post at a time.

Positively Psychological

Thoughts on anything related to the science of well-being, especially from the perspective of positive psychology

Sisters Helping Sisters

Encourage. Empower. Embolden.

Faithfully Thriving

A fun-loving, Christian woman's adventures through this wonderful life.

Fish Full Life


Godinterest Christian Magazine

The leading Christian magazine in the United Kingdom, helping you connect with God, culture and other Christians.

The Godly Chic Diaries


Uncomfortably Vulnerable

Living Vulnerable to God,Myself, and others

Becoming HIS Tapestry

Christian Lifestyle Blogger

Dining with Donald

Donald on Dining in and Out.

%d bloggers like this: