He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.          Isaiah 53:7

When I’m wronged or hurt by someone close to me, I can come up with eloquent, well-crafted defenses of my position.

Jesus was unjustly wronged, more than any other person ever, yet He didn’t say, “Excuse me…I calmed the storms, I healed your sick, and I even raised the dead.”

When I choose not to defend myself, it feels like a battle of epic proportions; but if I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ, shouldn’t I follow His example, and see God fight for me?

Why is it such a big deal to forgive others?  I think unforgiveness shows how little I understand my own salvation.  Forgiving is an affirmation of my own forgiveness from God.

By:  Sherri Evans