How hard is it for you to forgive someone? Do you have hatred in your heart? Are you capable of turning loose of things that may have happened to you and forgive someone?If someone took the life of your loved one, would you be able to forgive them? Most of us who have never experienced this would say we believe we would. But the key is that we have never experienced it so we don't know for sure. So, if someone stole something from you that was very dear to you could you forgive them? That one hits closer to home for many people, doesn't it? What if someone was rude to you, called you horrible names, ridiculed you; could you forgive them? Bring this down to something or someone that you are presently having problems with. What prevents you from forgiving them?Forgiveness is hard for most people. We would rather hold a grudge against someone than forgive them when they have hurt us. So we talk about them, not to them. We get mad when they succeed at something. And so our hearts are hardened toward that person.Jesus and the other writers of the New Testament tell us how we should behave. Consider these verses taken from the sermon on the mount: 12 "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."; 14 "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."; 15 "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." Matthew 6:12, 14-15 (NASB). Jesus had some powerful words to say to us but we see He did not just say words, He lived them. Fast forward to the cross. Hear Jesus say in Luke 23:34, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." While on the cross, suffering, He practiced what He preached.Later we hear Paul tell the Ephesian church to "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 (NASB).One of the hardest things to do is to forgive another person. And yet, without it, our souls are in jeopardy and we could lose our heavenly home. The solution: Always work out your problems and forgive one another.