I’ve been hurt. I’ve hurt others. This is because of the human condition I was born into. That explains the why, but what about my response? That is what God is interested in as I grow and mature in my walk with him. Being hurt does not give me a free ticket to retaliate, but it does offer a lesson in forgiveness. Hurting others gives me an opportunity to ask for forgiveness and seek reconciliation. These can be tough lessons, but to do them will bring growth and freedom to me. I must truly love myself to be able to offer that love to others, which means I need to forgive myself for offenses I have done in my life.
Peace and freedom begins with us. If we are holding onto anger and bitterness, growing in our faith will be very difficult. Allowing God to take that from our tight grasp will leave our arms open to embrace the lovely things the Lord has planned for us. His plan for us is beautiful … don’t miss it.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the lessons you have placed in my life and for helping me through them. I pray that I can grab unto the opportunities of forgiveness for myself and others. Amen
Faith Tip: Ask God to reveal a hurt that hasn’t been healed in you. Are you holding on to it tightly? It may be time to let go and let God handle it. He’s very good at it.