Ah, forgiveness. What a difficult lesson to learn. Lately God’s been teaching me forgiveness and finding my rest in Him rather than people or circumstances.
God’s teaching me that forgiveness is continuous and many times a daily choice. The more I pray for a person that I have hard time loving the easier it becomes. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians. 4:13.
Maybe there’s someone in your life that you struggle to love with sacrificial Jesus love. I know there is for me. When I think about this person I have to pray for them and look for ways to bless them. It’s not easy, but by God’s grace forgiveness is possible. Do you think it was easy for Jesus to die for sinful, stuck up people who ignored Him? No. But Jesus loved anyway. And the interesting thing is that I think many times the person we struggle most to forgive isn’t aware of the constant battle we fight internally. They don’t see how much effort it takes to extend grace, a smile, and a presence. If I harbor resentment, which would be easy, I would only inure myself. But I would also injure my testimony. I want people to see Jesus in my actions and to hear the gospel in my words. If I refuse to forgive someone and choose to harbor resentment in my heart than how am I displaying the glory of God?
Jesus understands your pain. Give it to Him. He is big enough. He can carry You.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am know” 1 Cor. 13:12. Right now, I only see glimpses of what God’s doing in my life. I must be obedient to Him even when I don’t understand and can’t see the bigger picture.