'...The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.' Colossians 3:13 NLT
It’s fair (and right) to work through feelings of hurt, not deny them. But, forgiveness still has to happen. Have a look back at yesterday’s reading. Jesus stepped in to fix things between us and God. This hurt Them—the Father and Jesus both. It hurt Jesus in the shape of metal nails, whip–lashes, spears and a crown of thorns. And it came with its own soundtrack of the careless laughter of His enemies, alongside the heartbroken cries of His family. But He embraced the experience, full of forgiveness. Jesus shows there is a healthy way to get over hurt. Forgiveness is not about staying the victim, but about taking control through loving–but–strong action. He did it so we could be let off for all of the wrong things we still do. Wow. That’s inspiration enough to forgive the people who’ve acted really terribly towards us. Still, it doesn’t actually make it much easier to do. (And sometimes there need to be other steps first—like letting people know if you’ve been seriously hurt and it’s been kept secret.) But it provides the reason to. And, incidentally, the whole amazing plan of the Cross provides a bridge back to God as well as access to His power. And if anything can help you to forgive, it’s God’s power. Just ask Him.
SoulFood: Neh 8-10; Luke 22:1-13; Ps 78:40-55; Pro 24:1-4
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