Forgiveness is one of the hardest things for people to do. Once you have been offended or hurt or disappointed, you just can’t seem to move on as if it never happened. I guess its natural to build that barrier of protection around yourself and say, ” I will not allow anyone else to make me feel this way”, and then proceed to write off the person who hurt you.
I am guilty of acting like that many times before however, that still does not make it right. We should not hold grudges. The Bible says that we are to be quick to forgive. (The MSG ~Col 3:13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.)
Often times we think that we have forgiven a person when we truly have not. Let’s use Jesus as our model for forgiveness. He shows us how we should forgive. He was abused, hit on, spat on, whipped, rejected, talked about, judged, misunderstood, tempted, lied on, disappointed….etc, and yet he still gave his life. He still adopted us into his family as his own.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
He still has promises and purpose for us. He still loves us regardless of what we did wrong and guess what…he has no remembrance of it. (Micah 7:19)
If Jesus can forgive us then why can’t we forgive and forget about it? There is freedom in forgiveness! True forgiveness that is. The forgiveness that does not require you to build a hedge of protection around yourself but despite all that has been done and all that will be done, you continue to turn the other cheek.
Stop your whining. I know this is a tough one….I had to deal with it first remember…Killing the flesh is such suicide!!!! How are we expected to keep getting hurt and rejected and spat on and disappointed!! How many times do we have to forgive?!?!?!How long do we have to take it before we retaliate? Jesus told Peter seventy times seven (Matt 18:22). Think about how many times we have done this to Jesus and yet he still blesses us and keeps forgiving us and washes us white as snow every time we ask.
I challenge you to look within yourself and deal with forgiving those who have offended and hurt you. Ask God to help you forgive and forget about it. I want us all to be free. Remember there is freedom in forgiveness.