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Archive for October 22, 2011

Day 49- Do You Have the Heart to Forgive?

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  ~James 1:19

I was greatly offended and quite frankly I think they’re wrong.  Wrong for what they did, or wrong for what they said and it really made me angry.  I just ought to tell them…  Have you ever felt that you were right in a dispute and your anger toward someone else was justified?  Did you feel like, God was on your side this time, and the other person was just wrong, wrong, wrong?

God promises to be our vindicator if we obey Him and let Him handle the situation.  Getting caught up in disputes about something someone did or said that hurt your feelings is a great way to complicate your life.  If you want to live the simplified life that God wants for you, then it is up to you to pray for the offender and move on.  Okay, so it really hurt your feelings; nevertheless you must forgive them. 

You may feel that you just want to hold on to this offense for a while, because of your so-called righteous indignation. There is a more excellent way; bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Holding on to anger will never achieve God’s righteous purpose.
1) Ask God for His help.
2) Decide to forgive.
3) Trust God to heal your hurt.
4) Allow God to show the power of love through you.
The quicker you forgive the less likely you are to get a root of bitterness in your heart. What’s too hard for you, well those are the things God specializes in.  Apart from Him you can do nothing… Oh, but with God all things are possible.