You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to them the other also.
Pain is very real in our lives. Everyday something in the world around us happens. Just this past week there were two public shootings–one in a mall and another in a church in Colorado. When we have been hurt deeply it is so hard to forgive. I have been there and you have been there. When someone we loved and trusted betrays us and steps out of our lives. When a best friend lies behind your back. When your parents go through a divorce. When you are abused by a family member. Pain hurts, but when we hold onto that pain negativity affects us! We can become depressed or constantly worried. We anxiously look around wondering who we can trust.
It is so easy to make plans of revenge when someone has hurt us. However, God calls us to forgive. Ouch….but that is so hard! Well, with the power and strength of Jesus anything is possible. First and foremost we must remember that we have been forgiven of our sins by Jesus who gave His very life for us on the cross. Instead of taking revenge, study God’s Word and pray for the person who has hurt you. Let Jesus heal you from the inside-out. Healing takes time. Forgiveness is a process. It might just take a while for your mind to be completely renewed. So while you trust Jesus, simply bask in His love. He will guide you through it all. However, if you are being or have been abused both mentally and physically please,please,please speak to a trusted adult today. The actions of the person taking advantage of you are not right. Seek help today.
I am praying for you as you make this step towards forgiving those who have wounded you. As I was reading today’s chapter God shed light upon some people that I still need to forgive. Let’s work on it together. Hang in there.