Is it difficult for you to forgive? Do you want to “get back” or “get even” with those who you feel have hurt you or have treated you unfairly? Well, it’s a pretty human response. Unfortunately, it does damage to us physically, mentally and emotionally to harbor these thoughts. Have you tried and tried and still feel drained and as angry as ever before?
Part of being able to detox our minds is the ability to forgive.
A portion of the Lord’s prayer directs us to do this, Matthew 6:12 – “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” (NLT)
Another thing that is important about forgiving is that we cannot be forgiven unless we forgive others. See Matthew 6:15 – “But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (NLT)
Also, too often we are first to notice the faults of others and forget to take a good look at ourselves. Here is a scripture that exemplifies this very well, Matthew 7:5 – “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (NLT)
How do we forgive? The first thing is to recognize that we do not fight against people. Take a look at Ephesians 6:12 – “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
So, the truth is, it is not actual people who are the enemy in the first place! It is what we see physically so this is what seems most real but it is “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,… mighty powers in this dark world… and evil spirits in the heavenly places…” who are tugging at our minds and emotions.
Are you feeling at least a little bit better about this time? Actually, you can feel a WHOLE lot better now.
So, now you can stop blaming.
This doesn’t mean we need to let people step all over us or never get angry. It also doesn’t mean that we don’t take responsibility in our lives. It does mean that we are not to let anger fester and grow inside of us but, again, HOW do you do this?
The next truth is that we need supernatural help to forgive. We need to thank God for his intervention on our behalf in the spiritual realm to fight the evil and restore our minds and, help us to forgive. Then, the peace that surpasses all human understanding can be ours. Philippians 4:7 – “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
The ability to forgive takes supernatural ability. We cannot do this on our own. So often I forget this and suffer! Now I will be keeping this post handy as a good reminder! Refer to these scriptures and this post as often you need to keep your mind and body on a healthy and energized path!