Why Women Should Forgive Instead Of Condemn
There is power in forgiveness and also extending the act of Grace in place of condemnation! Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price so that you could have a relationship with your Heavenly Father. But sometimes receiving forgiveness is easier than extending that forgiveness to others. Sometimes we find it easier to condemn then forgive.
What if we didn’t condemn others we forgave others just as the story in John 8:1-11 reads of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus challenged the men condemning her for her sin by writing this message to them John 8:7 the Word says “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” He waited for them to condemn her when he realized that no one was he simply stated, “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11
What can we learn from this act of Grace and forgiveness from Jesus? Why should we offer forgiveness to others instead of condemnation?
We Forgive So That We Can be Forgiven
Mark 11:25 the Word says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”.
Luke 6:37 the Word says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven”.
God is saying that it is in our own best interest to forgive! He is not talking about what is in the best interest of the people that need to be forgiven. It is our hearts that God is trying to protect. We are the ones who receive the biggest benefit from forgiveness, not the people we forgive. The whole reason God has given us specific direction is because He does not want anything to stand between us and Him. God’s love for us is beyond our comprehension. Forgiving others spares us from the consequences of living out of an unforgiving heart.
Forgive to Protect Your Heart From Bitterness
Ephesians 4:30-31 says, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.”
Unforgiveness works against the Holy Spirit. It robs you of the joy the Lord desires for you to have in your life. Unforgiveness affects how you think, the decisions you make and even how you think about and interact with others. You risk becoming bitter about people’s motives or actions and shutting yourself off from relationships that God desires you to have with others.
Forgive Because God Forgave You
In John 8: 1-11 we learn about the forgiveness Jesus extended to an adulterous woman. Jesus wiped clean the sin of this women and on her way to live her life free from her sins. God did this for each of us when he sent Jesus Christ to pay for our debt. None of us have lived a sin free life. We have wronged people, extended judgment, and condemnation instead of grace, forgiveness, and love. Everything we’ve ever done wrong in our life has already been paid for our sins are wiped clean. Jesus Christ died for all of our sins. Because of this, we should forgive those who hurt instead of condemning. We forgive because we have been forgiven!
Forgiveness is a lifestyle. It’s not just something you do one time. You need it every day of your life. You’ve got to ask for forgiveness. You’ve got to accept forgiveness from God and from others. And you’ve got to offer forgiveness in place of condemnation. Forgiveness is a continual process that through faithfulness and prayer can be a freeing journey.
Remember, there’s freedom in forgiveness! How can I help you find freedom in forgiveness?
To learn more about the Forgiveness of Jesus follow the 30 Days of Scripture Forgiveness plan.