Easier said than done, huh? God has certainly been speaking to me lately. I read the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers recently. My friend V, lent me the first two books. Half way through the first one, I couldn't put it down. It took me less than a week to read all three books which is really saying something since my time is so limited. Anyway, these books were full of messages. One that was loud and clear was Forgive those who hurt you. Pray for them.
Then our Sunday school lesson was about forgiveness. The story was of Joseph and his brothers.
I had been having a very hard time with a certain person who has hurt me over and over again. I hadn't spoken with this person in over a year. They called just three days ago. Last night I awoke from a bad dream. Came to browse some blogs, then I went and started reading my Bible. I chose several on forgiveness to study. This morning I awoke and realized all this anger and contempt was only hurting me. Even being hung on the cross, Jesus asked for forgiveness for those who were crucifying Him. If He could do that, I can certainly forgive this person for much less. It is the forgetting that is going to be so hard to do.
When we forgive, as Christians, we are suppose to forget. Not to dwell on it or bring it back up in retaliation. That is the hard part. I pray that God will lighten this load upon my heart and mind. To ease the pain and help me move passed it all.
God bless you all.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.