Many things hold us back from receiving God’s graces, but nothing more than unforgiveness. It is often forgotten and disregarded as unnecessary. But, Jesus did not die on the cross needlessly. No, He died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. So, forgiveness is of the utmost importance.
What does unforgiveness hold us back from, though? First, anyone who has said the ‘Our Father’ has “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We are asking God to forgive us as we forgive others. So, if we want forgiveness for all of our sins against God, we should forgive others for all of their sins against us. Not an easy thing, but then again, neither is dying on a cross.
Forgiveness can be very difficult to for us to give. It is not forgive and forget, though. Forgiving is saying that you do not want payment for the transgression committed against you. In a way, it is not seeking revenge.
Unforgiveness also weakens our prayers, since it distances us from God. God is all loving and His love poured out for us on the cross for the purpose of saving us through forgiveness. Forgiveness is about loving the other. We do not want vengeance; we want the best for the other. After all, this is what Jesus did for us. He took the payment needed for our transgressions and put it on His shoulders.
The next time we have a hard time forgiving, we need to remember that Jesus has already paid for their sins. Surely, this is payment enough.