Forgiveness, for some, is probably the most difficult thing to do, especially when you’ve been hurt, betrayed, neglected, cheated on, and/or lied to. It is inevitable for people to hurt one another because we are imperfect beings. We can either choose to hold onto that pain and become consumed by it, or we can make a choice to acknowledge the pain, free ourselves from it and ask God to use it and turn into a blessing.
Let us compare the way God forgives us to the way we demonstrate forgiveness in our everyday lives. I acknowledged earlier that we are imperfect beings, meaning that we sin against God every day by word, thought, or deed. If God turned his back on us the very first time we sinned, we would have been gone a long time ago. How is it that God can continue to forgive us when we betray his word every single day? Not only does he forgive us but his love remains the same. It’s because of his grace and his unconditional love.
(When you love someone, it should be seen and only heard for affirmation. Ladies, if a man tells you that he loves you, you should be able to understand why through his actions.)
If God, the one who gave life, can forgive us daily for sinning against his word, surely we can demonstrate that same forgiveness towards our neighbor. It isn’t until you reach a certain level in your spiritual journey, that you will be able to free yourself from the grips of the devil and learn to cling onto the garment of Jesus. Satan tells us to be angry, hold onto that pain, lose sleep at night while your enemy isn’t thinking twice about you. Jesus tells us, even though we are sinners ourselves, to let go of the pain. Not only let it go but give it to me!
So let me get this straight. Jesus has already died for our sins, gave us new life, and covers us with his grace. After all of that, he STILL tells us to take our burdens and give them to him, demonstrating an act of forgiveness and love that only he can demonstrate. I don’t know about you, but I am glad to know that there’s a God who loves me that way. WE owe it to him to mirror his image and forgive one another, just as God has forgiven us. It’s easier said than done, but do not give your enemy that type of control over your life! Forgive doesn’t mean to forget. You can and will always remember the pain, but also remember the one who can take away that pain.
Get intimate with God, experience his love first hand. Create a relationship with him and set the standard for your relationships with other people. Once you’ve experienced God’s love and forgiving spirit, you will have the tools to live a life of peace. Make a vow today to forgive your enemy and watch the way God will free you from the hurt you’ve been carrying.
Make a difference today, remain faithful, and let God do the rest.