Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. ~ Colossians 3:12-13
The forgiveness we do not give to those who have hurt and offended us, the forgiveness we withhold—will hold us back in our relationship with the Lord and the plans He has for us. Unforgiveness will become a stumbling block in our walk with the Lord and with others.
Forgiveness is about our heart letting go instead of staying in bondage to our wounds.
Forgiveness isn’t about changing the offender. It is about a change in us.
It doesn’t matter if the person receives it, and it doesn’t matter if the person does or does not acknowledge wrong doing.
When we fully forgive, we will stop playing the same tape in our head, going over and over the wrong committed against us. When we stop playing that tape over and over again, life will become fuller and richer and the past pain will noticeably subside, leaving us wishing we had granted ourselves this freedom much sooner.
God is the ultimate healer and when we forgive and let go, He comes to us with tender care and does a work on our wounds that will truly change our lives. This change will take us to a place of continued and complete healing.
When you hear yourself saying this is too hard, ask yourself—is it too hard for God? Does God want you to remain enslaved to this pain, living in a past that is keeping you from living today and embracing the future with hope?
Unforgiveness is the precise reason we can’t get past the pain. Forgiving the offender, letting go and moving past the pain will bring you peace and peace will bring you a new and fresh outlook on life as you discover a joy in your heart you have not known before.
In the strength of the Lord, you can be empowered to forgive and let go, you can heal and move forward on a journey to complete wholeness only God can bring.
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