Forgiveness is a big word. It is even a bigger action. When someone does something that goes against what you believe, what you told them you wanted, or what is acceptable, you are upset. You want to tear them apart, cry, scream, just somehow make it so the other person is miserable and understands how upset you are. It is okay to feel hurt. But to tear them down just to make yourself feel better is not really good. Do we not realize that though we are hurting, so are they?
They came to you and confessed their wrong-doing. They feel the shame and the hurt they put on you. It is so hard for anyone to admit they did something against someone else. None of us want to hear confessions like that. Non of us want to confess our sins. But that is what we have to do. We have to tell our secret and not-so-secret sins to someone. Why not start with God? He is the keeper of our hearts and knows when we are grieved and sorrowful.
The upside to all of this is when you forgive, (and I mean really forgive) and when you are forgiven, your attitude and outlook on the whole situation changes. Your heart is freer and you feel loved. God wants that from you. He wants you to confess what is in your heart and he wants you to forgive. He wants you to be forgiven most of all. Will you confess today what is keeping you from feeling joyful?
Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Romans 14:11 It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.