Humans are social beings. We flourish when we interact with one another.

IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY.

It is difficult to work in an organization when you do not excel at being a cooperative team player. You need to be able to work well with your colleagues in order to get excellent results. The church also thrives on cooperation. The norm in the church is to love your neighbour, spread the gospel and make more disciples. All these church norms are impossible to accomplish without socially interacting with people. The school is another arena requiring social relationships. Students have relationships with one another and their teachers. Our parents spend a lot of time and effort trying to mould us into people who would easily blend into society. All these bolster the fact that cooperation forms the very fabric of the world’s institution.

THE HAZARD OF COOPERATION.

As established, cooperation and relationships are important for the world to work in an orderly fashion. The only problem is that people are not always the same. The fact that we’re different in a lot of ways adds some spice to life. Other times our unique personalities may breed conflicts. We tend to disagree with opinions that do not align with ours and find some attitudes offensive. The most effective way to deal with offences is forgiveness.

But how do we forgive those who offend us? What benefit is forgiveness to us?

FORGIVENESS IS OBEDIENCE.

The mandate of every Christian is submission and obedience to God. One of God’s most priced instructions is forgiveness. God requires us to forgive each other of trespasses just like Christ forgave us on the cross. We are to follow His example and forgive anyone who offends us because He also forgave. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

FORGIVENESS HEALS YOU

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it, many are defiled. (Hebrews 12:15)
Bitterness causes trouble and defiles us. This means that when we have bitterness in our hearts, we hurt ourselves unknowingly. When we stay angry at a person, we get filled with negativity and that is not good for our mental and emotional health.

No matter who offended us and how bad it hurts, we need to forgive and let go because it is for our own good.

IT KEEPS RELATIONSHIPS INTACT.

As society is built on relationships, it means that relations are important. Being able to forgive and let go helps you mend broken relationships. Offences ruin relationships so it is very important that we develop the character of forgiveness to foster cooperativeness. We need to keep our friendships because through that we get exposed to a myriad of opportunities to improve our lives.

Good friends and family members are rare and you do not want unforgiveness to ruin your beautiful relationships.

Share with us in the comments below, a moment in your life where everything would have been ruined without forgiveness. God bless you