Forgiveness isn’t easy, especially when someone that we love has hurt us. The Bible has a lot to say about forgiveness: “love keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5), “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Matthew 6:12). One of the most memorable acts of love and forgiveness is that after being nailed to the cross, tormented, and mocked, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Jesus sacrificed himself for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins, something that we are expected to do for others.
Forgiveness is as much for you as it is for them. It is not saying that what someone did is okay, and it’s not saying that you will immediately give them back your trust – it is letting go of your anger, pain, and resentment. It is forgiving others like God has forgiven us. Forgiveness will make you a happier and healthier person. Palms up 🙂
Game Plan: Have you struggled with forgiveness? Try looking at it from a new angle and come up with any positive outcomes from the experience, or if it is someone that you love, ways that they have been loving in the past. Don’t waste too much time holding onto resentment – release the chains and let go :).