Friday, August 20, 2021, 03:30 am

Forgiving someone who has wronged you is never easy. However, forgiveness is a key command from God as we saw in our last blog article.

Our previous post discussed 5 amazing reasons why forgiveness is powerful for everyone. (Check it on our blog, under resources

In this article, we continue with the discussion by unpacking the remaining reasons why forgiveness is powerful - based on the Bible.  

Let’s get started!

1. Forgiveness extinguishes bitterness and resentment

Forgiving our offenders doesn’t mean excusing their actions, it means we refuse to use their actions as a weapon against us.  

For our own good, God exercises the same grace to us. When God forgives our sins, He does not dwell on our sins.

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins (Isaiah 43:25)

 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more (Hebrews 8:12)

God chooses not to remember our sins. When we repent and receive His forgiveness, He no longer holds sin against us but treats us with love and grace.

Similarly, we are not to dwell and hang on offenses done to us, but should forgive and be gracious. In our case, it helps us release the resentment and bitterness against those who offend us.

2. Forgiveness unblocks blessings

Forgiveness can result in great blessings. Unforgiveness, on the other hand, hinders our blessings.

In Mark 11:26, we see that, if you do not forgive, God will not forgive you.

Not forgiving also hinders our spiritual blessings because satan can easily take advantage of it as Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 below.

Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

3. Forgiveness leads to a peaceful life

It’s God’s desire that we lead peaceful lives.

One of the ways to do that is to forgive those who hurt us. Think about it, when we hold onto resentment, our hearts become bitter and we lack peace. 

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.” [Proverbs 24:29]

Through forgiveness, we are able to help let go of pain and find peace within our hearts.

Resentment and peace are mutually exclusive when we hold on to resentment, our peace goes down (and vice versa). 

If God can forgive us all the terrible things we have done, we can choose to forgive others. And when our hearts are pure, the Lord can find a place to fill with his surpassing peace and rest.

4. Forgiveness is freedom

There is a key that opens the door to joyfulness, healing, happiness and peace—that key is forgiveness.  

When we forgive in sheer obedience to the word of God, we experience amazing power and freedom.  

That said, forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself as it brings freedom from within and without.

If you still haven’t made peace with a person, or circumstance, the only option is to forgive.  Jesus forgave the very men nailing him to the cross.

“Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34

So lets us resist the trap of unforgiveness and make it a habit to forgive one another as demonstrated in the Lord’s Prayer.

If you want to know more about God and your relationship with Him and others, you can talk to us. Contact us through a contact form on our website or DM us on Facebook Page (Westside Bible Chapel


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Friday, August 20, 2021, 03:30 am

Forgiving someone who has wronged you is never easy. However, forgiveness is a key command from God as we saw in our last blog article.

Our previous post discussed 5 amazing reasons why forgiveness is powerful for everyone. (Check it on our blog, under resources

In this article, we continue with the discussion by unpacking the remaining reasons why forgiveness is powerful - based on the Bible.  

Let’s get started!

1. Forgiveness extinguishes bitterness and resentment

Forgiving our offenders doesn’t mean excusing their actions, it means we refuse to use their actions as a weapon against us.  

For our own good, God exercises the same grace to us. When God forgives our sins, He does not dwell on our sins.

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins (Isaiah 43:25)

 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more (Hebrews 8:12)

God chooses not to remember our sins. When we repent and receive His forgiveness, He no longer holds sin against us but treats us with love and grace.

Similarly, we are not to dwell and hang on offenses done to us, but should forgive and be gracious. In our case, it helps us release the resentment and bitterness against those who offend us.

2. Forgiveness unblocks blessings

Forgiveness can result in great blessings. Unforgiveness, on the other hand, hinders our blessings.

In Mark 11:26, we see that, if you do not forgive, God will not forgive you.

Not forgiving also hinders our spiritual blessings because satan can easily take advantage of it as Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 below.

Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

3. Forgiveness leads to a peaceful life

It’s God’s desire that we lead peaceful lives.

One of the ways to do that is to forgive those who hurt us. Think about it, when we hold onto resentment, our hearts become bitter and we lack peace. 

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.” [Proverbs 24:29]

Through forgiveness, we are able to help let go of pain and find peace within our hearts.

Resentment and peace are mutually exclusive when we hold on to resentment, our peace goes down (and vice versa). 

If God can forgive us all the terrible things we have done, we can choose to forgive others. And when our hearts are pure, the Lord can find a place to fill with his surpassing peace and rest.

4. Forgiveness is freedom

There is a key that opens the door to joyfulness, healing, happiness and peace—that key is forgiveness.  

When we forgive in sheer obedience to the word of God, we experience amazing power and freedom.  

That said, forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself as it brings freedom from within and without.

If you still haven’t made peace with a person, or circumstance, the only option is to forgive.  Jesus forgave the very men nailing him to the cross.

“Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34

So lets us resist the trap of unforgiveness and make it a habit to forgive one another as demonstrated in the Lord’s Prayer.

If you want to know more about God and your relationship with Him and others, you can talk to us. Contact us through a contact form on our website or DM us on Facebook Page (Westside Bible Chapel


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Friday, August 20, 2021, 03:30 am

Forgiving someone who has wronged you is never easy. However, forgiveness is a key command from God as we saw in our last blog article.

Our previous post discussed 5 amazing reasons why forgiveness is powerful for everyone. (Check it on our blog, under resources

In this article, we continue with the discussion by unpacking the remaining reasons why forgiveness is powerful - based on the Bible.  

Let’s get started!

1. Forgiveness extinguishes bitterness and resentment

Forgiving our offenders doesn’t mean excusing their actions, it means we refuse to use their actions as a weapon against us.  

For our own good, God exercises the same grace to us. When God forgives our sins, He does not dwell on our sins.

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins (Isaiah 43:25)

 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more (Hebrews 8:12)

God chooses not to remember our sins. When we repent and receive His forgiveness, He no longer holds sin against us but treats us with love and grace.

Similarly, we are not to dwell and hang on offenses done to us, but should forgive and be gracious. In our case, it helps us release the resentment and bitterness against those who offend us.

2. Forgiveness unblocks blessings

Forgiveness can result in great blessings. Unforgiveness, on the other hand, hinders our blessings.

In Mark 11:26, we see that, if you do not forgive, God will not forgive you.

Not forgiving also hinders our spiritual blessings because satan can easily take advantage of it as Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 below.

Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

3. Forgiveness leads to a peaceful life

It’s God’s desire that we lead peaceful lives.

One of the ways to do that is to forgive those who hurt us. Think about it, when we hold onto resentment, our hearts become bitter and we lack peace. 

Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.” [Proverbs 24:29]

Through forgiveness, we are able to help let go of pain and find peace within our hearts.

Resentment and peace are mutually exclusive when we hold on to resentment, our peace goes down (and vice versa). 

If God can forgive us all the terrible things we have done, we can choose to forgive others. And when our hearts are pure, the Lord can find a place to fill with his surpassing peace and rest.

4. Forgiveness is freedom

There is a key that opens the door to joyfulness, healing, happiness and peace—that key is forgiveness.  

When we forgive in sheer obedience to the word of God, we experience amazing power and freedom.  

That said, forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself as it brings freedom from within and without.

If you still haven’t made peace with a person, or circumstance, the only option is to forgive.  Jesus forgave the very men nailing him to the cross.

“Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34

So lets us resist the trap of unforgiveness and make it a habit to forgive one another as demonstrated in the Lord’s Prayer.

If you want to know more about God and your relationship with Him and others, you can talk to us. Contact us through a contact form on our website or DM us on Facebook Page (Westside Bible Chapel


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