A recent forum discussion had me thinking about forgiveness and bitterness again.
How trapped are we, how silly are we, if we allow people who have hurt us in the past to keep us in captivity.
We do this if we don’t forgive them
I am not saying we need to get them to say sorry, that may be impossible. They might not think they have done anything wrong, they may not admit they have done anything wrong, they may be dead! You know what else? They may not have done anything wrong. We may be wrong.
What I am saying is this. Forgiveness is about letting go. Letting go of the pain, letting go of the rejection, letting go of the hurt. Its not easy, but Jesus said we are to forgive those who hurt us 70×7. In biblical terms, this means we are to keep on forgiving them. Not easy to do, especially if they are self righteous, and still hurting us.
But if we cant let that hurt go, if we cant forgive them, set them free, they hold us captive. Even if they dont know it.
Job 42:10 (NLT) – When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
Ephesians 4. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Bitterness and unforgiveness are the quickest and most effective way of introducing negativity into your life.