The power of forgiveness releases us from all sorts of emotional binds and gives us much peace of mind and comfort.
People are sometimes faced with horrendous accidents and trauma in life. When this happens, it’s important to remember that there is hope. We find that hope in Jesus and by applying his word to the situation. And no matter what has happened, there is the great power of forgiveness.
We all have examples where it takes a long time to forgive. Forgiveness is a journey—sometimes it doesn’t happen instantly, while at other times you are able to forgive quickly and move on.
We are all surrounded by people, and sometimes their words and actions can upset us, but if in our hearts we can quickly forgive those who have hurt us, the problem will resolve itself.
My own method of forgiveness was a personal choice. It felt very hard at first, but once I continued with it, I felt a sense of release.
I came to forgiveness through much prayer and meditation on the word of God. When I read the words “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians chapter 3, verse:13), I felt an inner joy that I hadn’t experienced in many years. It may seem hard at first, but when you continue to confess forgiveness, every time you remember an incident, healing occurs day by day.
I experienced a bad car accident, when a car swerved off the road and hit me as I was walking on the footpath. I couldn’t move and was in tremendous pain but thankfully some people came to assist me. I was left crippled and in hospital for three months.
I was full of anger, bitterness and rage against the driver, who was drunk when he hit me. I was a healthy, fit man who was now disabled—it was a nightmare. But I turned to the word of God, Christian friends and the voice of reason that kept being applied in my life. I drew strength from other people’s similar experiences and this helped me to rise above the situation and think straight again. I began to see my accident with different eyes. While one part of me remained angry, the other part felt sorry for the other party; and my feelings of forgiveness won out.
I am a stronger and better person for being able to forgive. I also have more knowledge and understanding of the benefits of forgiving. I hope this is an example to inspire others to follow in the same direction. God’s word is truth, and it tells us that there is great power in forgiveness.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians chapter 4, verses 31–32).