A friend asked me a while back, How do you forgive a hurt that was done to you, physically, emotionally, etc?
Truth is I don’t know.
What I do know is that on my own, I can neither forgive nor walk in forgiveness. I need God, because for me, alone, it’s too difficult a task.
I had to learn to forgive the apologies that didn’t come. Also, how to walk in that forgiveness each day. Because, believe me, it’s not the easiest.
Still, what I know about forgiveness is that it’s completely necessary.
We forgive because Jesus Christ shed His blood that we might be forgiven Luke 23:34
Forgiveness puts us in right standing with Jesus and it frees us.
My children and I have had a series of conversations regarding not being so easily offended and what to do with the offenses when they come.
Something I’ve discovered is that offenses will come, as Jesus said Luke 17:1 However, we don’t have to be ruled or controlled by those offenses. This includes the offenses that may or may not come intentionally. It’s up to us to decide what we’ll do with the offense once it comes.
Will we choose to forgive and allow love to cover a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4:8 Or, will we become embittered?
I pray that we all learn to love like Jesus loves us. None of us deserve the love and grace and mercy that He gives. All the more reason to grant the same to others.
*Original Image by Yours Truly 🤍🌸🌞