Showing kindness and compassion to someone who has hurt you is the last thing you want to do. You’re probably saying to yourself, why should I waste my time on someone who hurt me and because of them my life has been destroyed? Take a minute and think back on the many times you messed up and Jesus forgave you. Those times when you felt as though your grace had run out and God added more grace so that you would have another chance to get it right with him. Yes, that person may be wrong, but why keep holding a grudge when Jesus lovingly forgave you and welcomed you with open arms.
For you to live a life free of heartache, pain, and unforgiveness, God wants you to surrender all that ails you to Him so you can have rest for your weary soul. The hardest thing for a person to do is to forgive. To harbor the pain and lash out when necessary builds a false sense of security around the heart which leaves you emotionless and uneasy to love. Take some time for yourself and free your heart. Remove all the unnecessary pain and unforgiveness, bag it up and give it to God. Nothing about this devotional is easy but remember that forgiveness is for them and for you. Forgiveness detaches them from your soul and releases you to trust and to love unconditionally again. Remember; Forgiveness is hard to do but necessary for your soul.
Prayer: Lord, I am having a hard time forgiving someone who has wrong me. Help me to focus on your forgiveness given for me on the cross so my heart can begin to heal. Forgive me Lord for holding grudges and not being forgiving like your word has directed me to be. Amen
Scripture: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone won’t stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive them? Seven times?”Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must continue to forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 (ERV)