Forgiveness. Forgiving is one of those actions that you know is good for you, but hard to do. It’s like self-care. Actually, It is self-care. See unforgiveness only clouds our judgment, plants bitter roots in our heart, and drags down our spirit. Hebrews 12:15 states ” See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled.”
Unforgiveness is somewhat of a natural reaction to someone hurting you. We innately want them to suffer as much as we do. However, you do not have to let that inner hatred weaken you, let God do the judging. Hebrews 10:30 states ” For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The Lord will judge His own people.”
Let God heal you and take care of those who have caused you strife I have heard several stories, and I too have experienced issuing unforgiveness only to find out that the offense was not on purpose or that person was going through something tragic. Then you are feeling regret for your actions. If you had let God handle it, there would not be bitterness or regret in tow. Ephesians 4:32 states “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” I encourage you to meditate on that verse today and work on letting God remove the bitter roots of forgiveness from your heart because He has forgiven you. Receive it!
God, thank you for blessing me with another day to be in your presence. God, today I want to live out your agenda. Please lead me towards what you would like for me to do today. God, I have been offended by the actions of others, some that I have noticed and others I haven’t. However, I do not want to be bound to the bitterness that comes along with unforgiveness. Lord, I chose today to forgive them just as you have forgiven me. Lord, I will make a daily decision to avoid ruminating on the offenses. I will meditate on positive thoughts Lord because I know they will expedite the healing you have in store for me. Thank you, God, for forgiving me and healing me.
In Jesus’ Name,