By Troy Vincent Sr.

Forgiveness is something we often ask for, but sometimes rarely give. The point being that forgiveness is not a sporting event where we keep score, it’s a matter of the heart for both the offender and the offended.

Forgiveness involves both attitudes and actions. If you find it difficult to feel forgiving toward those who have hurt you, try responding with kind actions. Tell such people that you would like to heal your relationship. Many times you will discover the right actions lead to right feelings.

Forgiveness is the mark of a faith-driven life.  Forgiveness summarizes the core of our living. If we love someone as Christ loves us, we would be willing to forgive. If we have experienced God’s grace, we will want to pass it on to others. Remembering, grace is undeserved favor.

If we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts it serves as a barrier to a fulfilling life. Having unforgiveness toward someone can create bitterness, which wounds our spirit, and oppresses the mind. This can affect our everyday quality of life.

Let’s all be aware that civility, love, and kindness not only impacts others, but makes us better people. There is a need to forgive, to repent, and to have compassion. The Bible says to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us.

If we ask God for forgiveness, shouldn’t we also forgive others? The power of forgiveness sets us free to live life more abundantly.