What is it to forgive? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is:
- to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong
- to stop blaming someone
- to stop feeling anger about something
- to forgive someone for (something wrong
- to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed)
Forgiveness is clearly taught in the Word of God, our Guidebook for Life. In fact, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said if we won’t forgive He won’t forgive us. I don’t know about you, but I need Jesus’ forgiveness.
The need to forgive is something most people believe in, but at the same time avoid because of how difficult it is. Instead of “waxing eloquent” about forgiveness, I decided to make some graphics on the subject, one of my favorite things to do. Some use my own words, some are anonymous quotes, and others quote well-known people. Between each graphic, I’m including quotes from Scripture of what Jesus and his followers had to say about this important subject.
“Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:4 NIV
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:32-35 NIV