When you hurt and/or are angry it’s tough to forgive. But that’s just the point. If forgiving was easy it would not be forgiving. To truly forgive you have to step outside of your own skin. You have to leave the the human baggage aside and connect your spirit (not emotions) with God. Take it from me—not easy!!!
I’m going through a minor extended family issue that hurts. But I know there are two paths to dealing with this. One, is to give into the hurt and let it turn to anger. Dwell on all the negatives and wish for the worse. The likely outcome is that the minor issue becomes major. And the devil has me right where he wants as dark thoughts overcome the light that should be shining from me. The second path is to step out of myself and leave the hurt behind. Ask Jesus for help because so many times he was jeered at, doubted, and almost stoned or thrown off a cliff. Talk about hurt! He taught us how to step out of ourselves.
It sounds so contrived, but when you ask for help from Jesus he is always there. His Spirit is an advocate in times of need and Jesus’ path always leads to happiness, peace, and fulfillment. It’s amazing how the hurt can dissolve when you simply put yourself in God’s hands.
Forgiving isn’t easy. That’s not what it is about. It’s tough but all so fulfilling when you do it.
2 thoughts on “Tough to Forgive When You Hurt!”
Amen! Forgiveness is not easy but it is necessary. Thankfully we don’t have to do it on our own, because I don’t think we could. The Holy Spirit empowers us to forgive and begins to soften our heart towards those who have hurt us. He prevents our hurts from turning to anger and bitterness when we choose to forgive. Forgiveness is always a choice. Be blessed today and find a way to bless someone else.
Well said, Shelly! You too!!!
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