To each person, we forgive for different reasons. The Bible says in Colossians 3:13 (NIV) that,
“13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
There are so many reasons why it is good to forgive, regardless of what the other person have done to us. It’s easier also said than done! Am sure by now we all know it’s just not cool when you are the one on the receiving end of someone else wickedness.
I know that in the past, I have caused others pain, whether knowingly or unknowingly. I have come to regret the once am aware of, even the once am not aware of; I have since ask God for forgiveness.”
People are more vulnerable to the devil when they do not repent and forgive others because they continuously carry that burden in their heart. Being quick to repentance and forgiveness releases this burden, freeing your mind and heart and becoming invulnerable to the will of the devil who takes advantage of people’s weakest moments. Personally, the longer I let sins and unforgiveness fester in my heart, the more damage it does to me. So, we need to give the devil no reason to have a hold on us.
So while we are being honest, let me tell you the reason why am quick to forgive and repent of my sins.
It’s purely for a selfish reason, there is no way getting round it once I realized that God will not answer my prayers if I have not forgiven others: Mat 6:14-15 (NIV) says, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
God cannot accept your offerings or prayers if you refuse to forgive others. This also means that your offering will not become like a memorial or a priority before God, which is a real shame and a waste.
What is more important? Holding on to unforgiveness and not repenting or having my prayers answered? I know the one I will be choosing. I have things that I am praying to God for, I’ll rather have all the good stuff God have in stock for me.
So my reasons are purely selfish, why do you forgive?