My superpower is Forgiveness.
I’ll admit, I didn’t even think of forgiveness as a superpower, my husband actually did. I was just as taken back by this as you are; more like, BLOWN AWAY! He said, “The kids would be in SO much trouble if you weren’t so forgiving!”
After thinking about it, I really do forgive easily. I wasn’t always that way and I made really bad decisions because of the web of negative feelings that I had from being resentful, angry and hurt. It has taken me 10+ years to be so forgiving. I will write some more on that later. Right now, we have to remember that NO ONE is perfect. When we feel bitter and resentful, we only think about the wrong doings of the person/s that wronged us and we stop seeing them as a person with flaws, emotions, feelings and their own demons to deal with.
If we start looking at people from this perspective, we could possibly try to help others grow and/or we can start doing it for ourselves. Set yourself free, people. Just forgive, it’s super easy! Right?
It can be easier than you think if you ask God to help you through and show you how to forgive. There’s no one better to ask about forgiveness. I mean, c’mon! First John says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He forgives us so easily and all we have to do is ask! Now, as the verse says, he is faithful and just. Meaning, He keeps His promises. No fingers crossed behind His back.
We need to remember Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” You may be thinking that these two verses contradict each other and that is probably a very popular thought (didn’t the other verse just say that all we have to do is ask? I’m confused now.) but let me explain it to you. When we truly forgive someone we “release” or “send away” what felt so unforgivable.
So if we do not really forgive others of their trespasses, we will not be forgiven and simply just asking him to forgive us of our own sins will not be sufficient. That’s actually kind of hypocritical of us, don’t you think? Forgive us, Father, but I will NOT forgive anyone who has wronged me. We are lucky that he forgives us at all and has also given us the ability to forgive others. Forgiveness is powerful. So powerful, that our eternity depends on it; if He decided to not forgive us we would be spending eternity in hell for the sins we have all commited.
Forgiveness gives you freedom. You have to be determined and understand that it will take time. Having forgiveness as your superpower doesn’t come easy but it is definitely worth fighting for.
“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 4:31-32 NIV)