Did you ever spend too much time thinking or being frustrated, irritated, or bitter at someone for something they did or did not do? You spend hours then days then years focusing on someone that hurt your feelings.
I have spoken to so many people throughout the years that could not get through the emotional pain of something that happened years ago. Let’s think about it for a minute. That situation has brought you to bouts of rage, depression, anxiety, and worry. All that time could have been spent on our future, our children, parents, career, and ministry. If this is you there was advice which I read in the bible that helped me tremendously and set me free from anybody and everybody that would or could offend me. I realized that Jesus died on the cross and forgave me of all my sins. And if He did that for me, and there was plenty to forgive, then why was it so hard to do it for someone else? Then He told us what to do in relation to what He did for us.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
There are multiple biblical scriptures that before God will pour His love on us that we need to forgive others. Here’s one of them;
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
This could be the reason for lack of peace, joy, and complacency as God is telling us that if we would only forgive He would bless us with all of this. We all have individuals that it just seems almost impossible to forgive them. But Jesus gave us some advice;
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you."
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Most people’s advice seem to contradict Gods advice, but it’s the results were looking for. Their advice seems to lead us down a road of destruction, and Gods advice leads us to a place of peace. It doesn't need to make sense to us, we just need to trust God and take His results.
That just seems just so difficult to do. But what I found out was that by taking Jesus’ advice, some of those people have come back to be great friends, to bless me, to lead me to other great relationships. (and there may be times when thoughts of un-forgiveness for that person come back to you, but just tell those thoughts that I forgave those people by faith.) But more importantly, it brought me the freedom to move forward freely in the purpose that God intended me to pursue.
“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”