Been working on this post for about a week now because this topic is something that has been weighing super heavy on my heart recently. I personally think one of the hardest challenges a Christian face is forgiveness, at least I know it is for me. When someone does you or someone you love wrong, you automatically go to being mad at them and holding a grudge. Now I know some people can just blow things off and let it go, but I know for the majority of us, that is not the case.
I know so many people that hate people for things that were done to them in the past. It is such a burden carrying around all of that hate and bitterness towards a person for a mistake they have made. You find yourself constantly talking negatively about that person, thinking about them and what they have done to you or someone else and eventually it can consume you. God talks about mercy and forgiveness so much in the Bible and how important it is. One of the main bible verses I always think of for this is
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
How can God forgive people who betrayed him, cursed him, and murdered his son but we can't forgive people who hurt us? God forgives us every single day. He forgives us for turning our backs on him. He forgives us for betraying him and leaving him behind. He forgives us for disobeying him constantly, time and time again. Everyone hurts God daily, more than any of us have ever been hurt. People curse at him, say his name in vain, call him a liar, say he is not real and question him, yet he still chooses to love us and forgive us and have mercy on us every single day. He doesn't punish us for our mistakes like we punish people who hurt us. There's a quote I literally love and I think is kinda funny lol, this is it
"An eye for an eye will make the world blind"
Not forgiving someone, can lead to you wanting revenge and get back at them for doing you wrong. Revenge will get you nowhere, for real. You might be happy and pleased with yourself for a few days, but then you will just go back to hating that person and being upset.
Let it go. Move on. Whatever it is, is in the past now and there is no going back. You can forgive someone and not be their friend anymore, but forgiving them will take a weight off your shoulder and if they want to forgive you or not is up to them, but it will make you the better person and Christian. In my opinion, forgiving someone that has truly hurt you is one of the most courageous things to do. It takes a strong, Godly person to do that and I pray every day for the strength to be able to have that ability to be able to forgive and forget when someone hurts me.
I'm going to leave you all with this bible verse, I think this verse is always so good to look back at when you cannot find it in yourself to forgive someone.
5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
If you made it this far lol, I hope you enjoyed this post. If anyone ever wants to reach out to talk or has a prayer request or just wants to say hi, please do. I love chatting about jesus or just anything :) Thank you for reading!!!