“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
“The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty.”
When I was younger I had a bad habit of holding grudges against those who had wounded me or a friend. I would sometimes hold onto the bitterness for many years. One day a dear friend explained how she was able to let offenses go; she trusted God to avenge the offender in His time where it was appropriate. After that I started working hard on forgiving a litany of violations. In one particular case it was not appropriate to talk to the “criminal” [Criminal only in my mind￼], but I could demonstrate my changed heart by shopping at the store owned by one of these people who’d hurt my friend some 20 years prior. What freedom and peace I began to experience! I was also better able to accept the grace God extends your me through Christ Jesus.
“It is important to extend grace and forgiveness to those who have wounded us. I know this can be easier said than done, but through Christ it is possible. Often the one who brought us pain has no idea the heartache they have caused. I often wonder whom I could have hurt without meaning to, and I hope and pray they forgive me for my thoughtless actions.”
Who do you need to forgive today?🚦