Yesterday, October 30th, was National Forgiveness Day. Forgiveness is the most powerful act that releases the burdens that we are prone to carry.
It is the pardoning or the excusing of a wrong (Matthew 6:12; 14:15). It is the cancelling of a debt. It is giving up a claim for revenge or resentment. To forgive is to trust others as if the wrong is forgotten. It includes a new start in attitudes and actions (John 8:11).
How easy or difficult is it for you to forgive? To be forgiven? Forgiving others opens us to receive forgiveness from God. Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5) and encourages us to forgive each other the same way (Colossians 3:13 and Matthew 18:22-35).