We have all found ourselves in circumstances in life when injury, betrayal or unexpected and undeserved pain confront us. In those situations we have a choice… to live in perpetual pain and bitterness over the injury caused us or to release the person who hurt us… along with the pain… and forgive
This is no easy decision. But it’s really a matter of deciding whether to live in the past… or the present; whether to live in the torment of memories that won’t go away… or to press the delete button and let them go.
But it’s also a matter of obedience… of doing what Jesus calls us to do. Or do we try and address the issues with our own wits in our own way.
Over the next several blog posts I want to encourage us to do the former. Because it’s the way of the cross. The One who calls us to this is the One who “endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself” but forgave us anyway.
He calls us to the same because He showed us how to walk there. We can do this because He did.
And because, for our sake, we must.
For Meditation: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you your Heavenly Father will forgive you. Matthew 6:14
For Reflection: Knowing true forgiveness means giving to another what we most need ourselves.