The Forgiven Forgives

Why do people hurt us with the intent of no apology? We’re left lingering the hurt on the inside while they have moved on living happily ever after. Why is it that good people are the ones to get walked over? Why can’t we just live life with the fulfillment of being loved and receiving it in return? When you’re hurt it’s hard to forgive which causes the unforgiveness to eventually turn into bitterness or resentment. If left unrecognized forgiveness eventually paralyzes the heart and our ability to love, live, and be loved.

He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.” EPHESIANS 1:7

Ask yourself this question. Am I ready to let go of the past? Do I want a peace of mind? Do I want to continue harboring unforgiveness? Let me say this firstly, forgiveness does not mean pick up where you left off or the friendships will instantly mend. The sign of forgiveness is showing the compassionate heart that God desires of us. God understands there are times where reconciling may not be the best choice if the opponent is not ready to accept. Instead let the Holy Spirit led you. Another factor which may cause you to not initiate forgiveness is Pride. Maybe you feel as if it is unfair. You’re thinking they hurt you, why be so easy and let them off the hook. You want them to suffer right? What if God wasn’t forgiven and made us suffer? What if we turned to him and he neglect us? God does not use “fairness logic.” We should be thankful, at times we are unworthy of his love but yet he still finds favor in us.

God has paid for our sins to be forgiven through his son Jesus. So we must forgive as Christ has forgiven us.

God desires obedience out of us and he will clean us up as pure and protect us. I want to ensure you to be in compliance of God’s word and he will surely look after you. God is forgiveness, you don’t fully understand the sacrifices he’s made. God did not allow his son to suffer for us to hold grudges towards one another.

What does forgiveness look like to you? What are some ways we can unharbor forgiveness?

The enemy lures our mind into building hatred towards one another but people are not our enemy, Satan is! It is his job to attempt to control your mind into forming dislike towards someone, sometimes you don’t even know a person but hate them. The enemy creates silent enemies as well. The more the enemy forms this envy unto our hearts, the stronger the hold we have of forgiving. It is not possible to call yourself a child of God but hate God’s children. We are sisters and brothers. People who were are created by him. So let’s focus on setting our hearts on the level of kindness God wants us to display.

Where exactly will unforgiveness get you? Do you know it’s possible things we hold on to blocks us from reaping the goodness in store? Jesus told Peter he needed to forgive 490 times. That’s a lot right? No way that’s possible. Jesus purpose was that everyone who wronged you, you should FORGIVE!

I know you do not want to feel weak but in all honesty forgiving is the strongest power we gain. It’s a sign of strength that empowers us to live in regret. To be able to look at someone who has hurt you and forgive them is solely excepting the life Christ has to offer. Jesus knew his oppressors were blinded by hate but he chose to view their actions with a heavenly perspective.

Before you leave this place try to make things right with those who have neglected or wronged you. Pray for those who have offended you, bless those who have offended you, and do good to people who have offended you. Remember the enemy loves to remind us of our mistakes but it is us who will control how we handle decisions we have made in the past. If you want a better live, receive forgiveness by faith. Defeat every lie with the truth of God. So ask yourself am I ready to move (forgive) or be stuck at a stand still (unforgiveness).

Remember THE FORGIVEN FORGIVES! I hope this helps you to overcome anything you may be holding over anyone. It’s not easy but life gets easier once you lift the things you carry that you can not manage…

By Courtney Dillard

A woman fulfilling her purpose.

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