When we forgive others and ourselves, we show God that our faith is in Him. We also demonstrate to God and others that He is God and we are not. This in itself is humility and God honors the humble and gives them grace (James 4:6).
- unmerited mercy (favor) of God; the strength of God operating in an individual; the person of Jesus Christ.
When we recognize that vengeance comes from the Lord, He honors our humility and grants us favor; keep in mind favor doesn’t make sense. Favor means approval from God, preference and acts of kindness beyond what we deserve or have earned. We make room for God’s blessings, direction and joy when we forgive others.
In order to heal brokenness and be made whole, we need the strength of God (grace) and we need the presence of Jesus (grace). Once we do we take ourselves out of the judgement seat and push pride, rebellion and torment out of our lives! Forgiveness releases our debtors from having power in our hearts and minds! This is just a trap and strategy of Satan to steal, kill and destroy us mentally and emotionally. Remember Christ died and resurrected to give us a life of abundance.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”