Book: Proverbs 17
“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
I remember growing up being told to “forgive and forget.” This did not mean that we had to force our memories to erase what happened, but rather once the issue had been dealt with we were not to bring it up again. Why? Because to bring it up again would only wound the relationship. Loving one another dictates that once forgiveness is made the case is closed. To demonstrate love in this way is not always easy but it is the best way.
None of us are perfect and we all need to be forgiven. I remember my parents saying that when we point out faults of others we have one finger pointing at them, three pointing back at us and one point up towards God. In other words we have a lot of faults ourselves and we shouldn’t be pointing up at God as He is perfect.
Colossians 3:13-14 puts it this way, “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Choose today to forgive and let go so that you might have harmony in your relationships. And remember not to bring it back up again either in front or behind the person. Take a moment to ask the Lord to bring to your mind any person that you need to forgive (Remember He forgave you). Show love and build strong Kingdom relationships.