The High Road of Forgiveness

As Christians, we are not given a choice about forgiveness. It's the Lord's command. The simple fact is, if we don't forgive others, our Father won't forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15). So I've to decide always if my anger and bitterness are worth separation from God's peace, love, and forgiveness. When God brings my wrong attitudes to light, I've to pray for strength. I pray, "Lord, help make it all right in my heart if this person is in heaven with you." It always amazes me that when you pray for someone, you can't continue to hate the person. I think that's part of God's grace, too—a grace that's big enough for both me and the person who did me wrong.