The other day, we looked at a devotional about taking that step of faith–stepping out and finding out–and sometimes stepping forward means stepping outside of our comfort zones. I think one of the biggest “uncomfortable zones” is dealing with people who have hurt us, and deciding whether or not to let go of the hurt, and the grudges, and forgive those people–even if our feelings don’t exactly coincide with the decision to forgive.
Here’s today’s devotional thought…
“Unforgiveness will ruin your day.
If someone hurts you, pray quickly,
‘God, I forgive him/her in Jesus’ Name.’
If your emotions feel strained when you see that person,
stand firm in your decision to forgive him/her.
Pray for the person,
asking God to show you how to bless him/her.
Do whatever God leads you to do for the person,
and let God’s love work through you
to heal the rift between you.
If you do your part, God will bring your feelings
in line with your decision,
and you will enjoy your day and your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
Here’s another related quote:
“Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use
the energy once consumed by holding grudges,
harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds.
It is rediscovering the strengths we always had
and relocating our limitless capacity
to understand and accept other people and ourselves.”
–Sidney and Suzanne Simon
I think forgiveness is one of the most difficult interactions between human beings. But I’ve also experienced the effects of “holding grudges, harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds” as the second quote says, and it’s not a nice place to be. On the other side, forgiving someone brings a lot of peace and freedom.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
How do you feel about forgiveness? Do you easily forgive others or do you struggle with “holding grudges, harboring resentments, and nursing unhealed wounds” as the second quote says?