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Monday, September 23, 2013

Learning To Let Go of Your Hurt

In summary of Colossians 3:13 it says, “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

Bottom Line:
Be understanding and bear with and forgive each other. Just as the Lord forgave you.

What this means to me:
I am to be tolerant and bear with one another.  I need to have an attitude of forgiving anyone who would offend me.  I need to remember that the Lord has forgiven me.  In the same way I need to forgive others.  There will always be someone in my life who will drive me crazy. Forgiveness is tough when you think you are owed an apology.  When this happens, I’m still holding on to a hurt. The thing to remember is that person may never even realize what they done, but I would allow it to eat me up inside.  It doesn’t make sense to hold onto a hurt. Resentment will only tear me up.  It can be like like drinking poison and hoping it’s going to kill someone else. It just doesn’t work that way. I need to decide that, before anything else happens, I need to forgive that person.  Jesus said this even in the most extreme of circumstances, as he’s hanging on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a NIV).  The phrase “make allowance” is the Greek word that means “to bear with, to endure, to be tolerant.” Basically it means to cut people some slack. Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NIV). So, when I struggle with forgiving, I need to remember the great gift of God’s forgiveness.  This verse may be a good one for me to memorize and carry with me.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty of chances to use it.