Forgiveness sets us free, but selective forgiveness has the opposite effect. We only heal when we forgive everyone.
Serial killers, dictators, rapists? People who have cheated, abused and committed crimes against us? Yes, we are called to forgive them too. Our calling is to forgive the whole world.
If we forgive only the people who we think deserve to be forgiven, we are doing nothing more than judging them based on merit and singling them out.
When we take this path, we inevitably feed resentment. That’s how we end up chained to the people we can’t forgive.
We have to forgive everyone. Instantly.
Forgiveness is an attitude towards life. Even people who have no relationship with God know that. What they don’t know is that it is only by God’s grace that we can forgive with a loving heart.
When we seek him first, we experience the power of forgiveness as a blessing. And it releases us from our chains straight into his loving arms, where we enjoy his peace and joy.