There are many things in life that are hard to do. Of them, forgiveness is at the top of the list. Saying “I forgive you” is easy. Meaning it is not. The problem with unforgiveness is that it robs you of real peace. It can lead to some serious anger … at others and life. The biggest problem with unforgiveness is what Jesus said about it … “if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:15, NLT). That’s a serious issue!

Forgiveness becomes possible when you realize how much you have been forgiven by God. Just think about all the things you have ever done to hurt others. Think about your own sins. Think about the sacrifice Jesus made so your sins could be forgiven. When you get your eyes focused on the grace of God, you can forgive others.

Here’s the skinny on how to do it. First, who do you need to forgive? Second, what did they take from you? And finally, make a decision to forgive or not hold them responsible for their debt to you. Sound simple? Sound too easy? Well, some things are hard to do. Maybe it’s been hard because you’ve been making the whole forgiveness thing more complicated than God intended.

It’s time to let go of the pain and hurt. Forgive the debt you are owed and experience real peace.