Luke 6:36 – Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Most people don’t value what they have until they lose it. A lot of times, we don’t value a friendship that we have until it’s gone. You see, it takes times and effort to build a friendship but very little time and effort to destroy it. To have a lasting relationship, you have to work continually on building it. Sadly, many wonderful relationships and friendships have been destroyed by unforgiveness.

Is it possible for a human person to be faultless? Certainly not! In fact, the very air we breathe is polluted with sin and unrighteousness. This is why man, with all his good works, couldn’t be justified before God. His righteousness was as filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). You can still use a rag for cleaning, but a filthy rag isn’t useful for anything. You wouldn’t even want to touch it. This was the picture of self-righteousness in the sight of God. Nevertheless, in spite of it all, He forgave us and gave us His own righteousness. You also must begin to see people as God sees them and forgive their mistakes as God does.

Refuse to be negatively-programmed. Instead, always train yourself to see people positively. Such an outlook will change your life for the better. It will give you a glorious life, where you don’t know how to gossip, tell tales and speak unkind words about another person, especially those whom God has brought along your path in life.

Never judge anybody on hearsay. Learn to look for and see the best in people. Always believe the best about those you meet in life. Desist from talking about how badly someone treated you; be quick to forgive and leave them to God.

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The love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit; it mantles my mind and is working in me. It is an intense and unfailing love for people; it forgives and disregards the offenses of others.

Further Reading/Study: 1Corinthians 13:5-8; 1Peter 4:8 (Amplified Bible)