That's a question we hear a lot this time of year. Reminiscing with family and friends, we browse through Christmases gone by, enjoying the memories until inevitably, we stumble across the memories we would rather forget.
Suddenly, the pain comes rushing back. A parents criticism, the broken promise of a friend, the disappointments ,the heartaches.....
What should we do with memories like that?
Forgiving someone sounds like a simple thing to do. Yet few of us actually do it. We treat forgiveness as if it were one of life's additional options, something we can take or leave alone. But it's not. It's a basic requirement for every believer. In fact, as far as God is concerned, unforgiveness is wickedness. Mathew 18 ,Jesus tells a parable that illustrates the terrible consequences of it.
The petty resentments between husband and wife, between brother and sister. Tiny bits of unforgiveness that seem too insignificant to bother with. Beware. Those are the kinds of debts Satan uses to torment you.
After all, Jesus paid off a mountain of debts for you. You can afford to be generous about the nickel and dime debts of others.