COLOSIANS 3 : 13, “ Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference against another, readily pardoning each other, even as the Lord has (freely) forgiven you, so must you also(forgive).”(AMP)
You’ve been hurt. And the person who hurt you doesn’t appear to be sorry. That often makes it difficult to forgive that person, doesn’t it? Forgiveness, as simple as it sounds, is easy to preach but very hard to practice. As hard as it may seem, we have been instructed by God to forgive no matter the magnitude of the offense.
We often believe those who have hurt us must apologize, express their remorse, and ask for our forgiveness in order to be forgiven. Or, we expect them to somehow make up for the hurt they have caused us. Yet in many cases there is nothing your offender can do to make up for the pain he or she has caused you. The damage has been done. But you and I are commanded to forgive whether the other person asks for it or not.
To forgive someone who has hurt you doesn’t mean you’re letting that person off the hook. It doesn’t mean you’re excusing that person for their offenses. It doesn’t even mean you’re completely over what they’ve done to you. It simply means you are being obedient to God and letting yourself off of their emotional hook. When we admit that our offense was real, it hurt, and it’s inexcusable but so is our offense to God, we can forgive another person just as God has forgiven us.
Matthew 6:14; “For if you forgive people their trespasses (their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment), your heavenly father will also forgive you.”(AMP)
• Oh Lord! Heal me of every wound and pain of past hurts.
• Oh Lord! Release upon me the balm of Gilead.
• Oh Lord! Help me to forgive and forget so that I can move on with my life.
Ponder on this
When you forgive, you are obedient to God.
As you forgive, may God cause a release of His blessings upon your life that has been delayed because of unforgiveness in the name of Jesus.