Christianity and Forgiveness

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Forgiveness
Areum Shin
Forgiveness: the act of accusing a mistake or an offence; compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive.

During class, we have been looking through the poem ‘Let Us Not Be Bitter’ by Oodgeroo Noonucal. The poem has a message towards the Indigenous people of Australia; let us forget about the past, forgive what has happened and move on, because we have a new, fresh start ahead of us. In this poem, the author is trying to say that forgiveness is very important between people and their relationships. Forgiveness is a start for all new things- forgiveness and letting go can lead you down the path of healing and peace. It sounds simple, but forgiving is difficult for most of the people- as each person must decide to relinquish any anger, bitterness, blame, resentment and hostility toward others.

Forgiveness, in my perspective, is a way to evolve into freedom for ourselves. By forgiving, you soothe and make your life peaceful. Through forgiveness we can grow up, move on to other things in life and set ourselves free. It is important in everyone’s life; because the act of forgiving releases the hurt and pain that was inflicted on you- and the person you are forgiving.

For us Christians, God has commanded us to forgive each other for sinning against ourselves; he wants us to consider how he has forgiven our sins when we accepted Jesus Christ as our savior. ‘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.’ – Matthew 6:14-16, ‘my heavenly Father will do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.’- Matthew 18:35. And so, forgiveness is at the core of the gospel; Matthew 18-21-22- ‘then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but...
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