Are you struggling to forgive someone? One of the most deadly things you can internalize and consume is a suffered wrong. Everyone gets hurt sometimes. Everyone suffers disappointment. No matter how much you may try to avoid it, it’s like the huge pothole in the middle of the road that you can’t avoid running over. It causes your tire to blow out, damages your car, and causes extreme delay. Do you get upset with the pothole? Not likely, because it doesn’t know what it has done to you. Because you may have settled it in your mind that those that hurt you did it intentionally, this makes forgiving them impossible for you. But who do you know that intentionally kills, steals, and destroys by profession? The devil. He is the only one that destroys on purpose, and any human being that allows themselves to be deceived by him is susceptible to carrying out his evil plans. God forgives not just because He can. He forgives because He desperately wants relationship with us and if He held on to our sins, He wouldn’t be able to love us the way He desires to. So He throws our sins as far as the east is from the west, so that He can love us and treat us as though we never sinned (Psalm 103:12). What a merciful God. His compassion is remarkable and if we have received Jesus in our hearts, we are capable of forgiving others in the same way. While no one is exempt from the hurtful actions of others, it is up to us to decide whether we will remain unforgiving and all bent out of shape, or allow God to fix us, help us to forgive and make us able to move forward again.
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.” Genesis 50:15-21 (NKJV)
The pain I suffered in my heart was excruxiating, but I receive Your help to forgive. I repent for holding on to any and all unforgiveness. I forgive those who have hurt me. I forgive those who have hurt those I love, and I forgive myself. Touch my heart and fill it with Your mercy and compassion. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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