The Freedom of Forgiveness
Updated: Apr 16, 2021
It hurts. When someone treats us unfairly or wrongly.... it REALLY hurts. We weep. We mourn. We experience anger, frustration, and deep emotional turmoil. The world will say, "Take vengeance. Pay them back for what they've done to you." But what did Jesus do? How would God want you to act toward that individual? Forgiveness involves more than just an action, it is an attitude, where we abandon all animosity and hatred. Paul said, “All bitterness, anger, wrath, clamor and evil speaking should be put away” (Ephesians 4:31) in order for forgiveness to take place. Remember that godly love (agape) conquers all because it allows us to humanize our enemies (Matthew 5:44) and enables us to stop keeping track of the wrongs someone has committed against us (I Corinthians 13:5). Ultimately, God wants us to see the benefits of conflict resolution (Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 18:15-35, Galatians 6:1-2). He knows we need reconciliation with Him, first, and then to others as well. Think about the forgiveness God has given you... then pass it on to others. In this way, you are more like God than ever before. Because God is a God of lovingkindness, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I know it hurts, but try to let God handle the pain while you handle the peace.
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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