Bitterness pounds on my door, begging to come in. It reminds me of all the ways I have been wronged in the past. Anger simmers deep inside, trying to rise up to remind me of what others have done to me. But your words dear Lord remind me of forgiveness. To forgive is to keep bitterness out; to keep anger suppressed. I remind you dear Lord of the pain they inflicted on me, but you remind me of the pain Jesus suffered on the cross. The words Jesus uttered echo in my mind: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”* The word forgiveness forms on my lips. It seems plausible, but the pain, the hurt remain. Then you tell me you can help heal the emotional pain, the unseen, lingering wounds. You tell me to trust in you; that there is hope; healing; new life.
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So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. – Colossians 3:12-13 (NASB)
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13
*Luke 23:34 (NASB)