Wow. That is a heavy word, packed with so many emotions.
There are several heroes in my life. One of them is my brother. He set the bar, the standard, to which I hold everyone else up to when it comes to forgiveness.
You see, my brother has been through many trials. Some were self-inflicted, others just happened. There came a day when he decided to make a life change. Once he made the decision, there was no going back. Do you know what he did? He called or met every person he thought he might have hurt along his journey, and apologized. Not only did he say he was sorry, but he stated what he had done and asked to be forgiven.
He said, “I am sorry for _____. Will you forgive me?”
It was a very humbling thing, to have a person come to me in a such a vulnerable manner. I can’t tell you how I admire him for what he did during that time. He became a man in my eyes.
There is freedom in forgiveness for both the offender and the recipient.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 ESV