By Kelli Artherton
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:12-15
Are you hanging on to hurt? Are you dwelling on the past? Are you harboring unkind feelings towards someone? Has this person hurt you so deep you can’t seem to forgive them? Do you cringe every time you see them?
We’ve all been hurt a time or two by someone close to us, it happens to all of us. It hurts deep. It sometimes pushes you into dark places. Most of the time that person has no idea how much hurt they have caused you. Holding on to this anger, resentment and unforgiveness only hurts you. Extending kindness and forgiveness to someone who has hurt you beyond words is truly one of the hardest things to do.
Unforgivenss only hurts us and it keeps us from seeing and receiving God’s blessings for our lives. We tend to think the people who have hurt us don’t feel remorse for their spitefulness, but what if it’s just the opposite? What if they’ve been punishing themselves for their past? What if someone hurt them and they’ve never forgiven that person?
What if our forgiveness is exactly what they need to break free from the cycle of hurting others. What if we are to be the light in their life and show them God’s love by forgiving them?
We all struggle with truly forgiving someone who has hurt us. However, when we do forgive, we are set free and renewed again. Watch this powerful video on what it means to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32, reminds us, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Forgiving, loving and forgiving again is a superpower within our reach, if we rely on our ever-present Help. Now, go be a superhero. Somebody you know needs one.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for all those hurting now, all of those who have been hurt so badly it’s beyond reach to forgive. I pray we can all see the power in forgiveness and slowly start to open our hearts towards forgiveness so we can receive all you have in store for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.