Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you.”-Colossians 3:13, CEV
What do you react when you have been wronged? Do you begin planning the best way to get revenge? Do you earnestly pray that they will get what’s coming to them because “God don’t like ugly”? Do you choose the road less travelled and pray that God would bless them? Today I want to encourage you to let go of your grudges and walk in the way of love at all times.
Too many people allow the seed of un-forgiveness to take root in their hearts instead of forgiving and taking the Jesus approach to interpersonal conflict. We somehow feel the need to take vengeance into our own hands instead of just letting it go. What people don’t actually realize is that un-forgiveness can be so toxic that it can literally kill you if you hold onto it.
For example, there was once a man who had been wronged many years ago and could never find it in his heart to forgive the person who caused the offense. Eventually, he developed cancer and his condition did not respond to treatment. One day in prayer he cried out to God asking why the treatments weren’t working and God said, “When you forgive “so and so” for that offense all of those year ago then your healing will come.” Immediately the man called the person with whom he had the grudge and forgave them. By the time he went for his next medical examination he was pronounced totally cancer-free.
There is power in forgiveness! I know that person may have said or done something very hurtful, but you must release them from that offense. Right now whether that person is living or dead release them from every offense that has been committed and if they are still alive pray God’s blessings over them. Don’t allow un-forgiveness to be a blessing blocker. Live a genuine life that habitually walks in the God-kind of love.
In order to move forward with the fullness of God’s plan for your life who do you need to forgive?
Declaration: “Today and everyday I choose to walk in forgiveness. I forgive everyone who has ever wronged me and because God’s love is in my heart I make no room for offense. When people see me they will see a walking display of the God-kind of love. I choose to freely share that love with my family, friends, enemies and strangers because God chose share it with me first when he sent Jesus.”
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.