Open to Forgiveness?

Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise, he may be overcome by discouragement.  So, I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 (NLT)
 
We should expect to be hurt in this life. I don’t mean that to say that we should fear disappointment or dissect the motives and intentions of those with whom we are in relationship. The statement is just a recognition that in life we will disappoint and be disappointed by others. Knowing this, we should do our best to always be open to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a spiritual discipline that Jesus asks us to live out. (See Luke 6:37) Our willingness to forgive ourselves and others should be grounded in the fact that Jehovah has forgiven us. God has a forgiving heart. We should too. However, walking out forgiveness is more than a notion. When you have been hurt, it is safe and healthy to give yourself time and space to reflect, grieve, and heal. Do not rush this process.

Nevertheless, at the right time, you must be open to forgiveness. Be open not for the sake of the one who injured you, do it for yourself. Unforgiveness is too big a burden to bear. Learn how to let go of hurts. Forgiving someone does not mean you have to resume the broken relationship. Forgiveness means that your heart is free of the bitterness and pain of having once been done wrong. We may never forget, but we can forgive. Today, ask the Savior to help you be open to forgiveness.

Check out the full Bible Study Lesson that I taught about forgiveness here:

Loving and praying for you,
Pastor Danielle

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