Without a doubt, forgiveness is one the largest struggles that we face. Why is it so hard for people to forgive? In my opinion, I think that it is largely due to the fact that when our pride or self-esteem gets injured, the result can be that our dreams are crushed leaving us hurt and disappointed. It is part of our human nature to seek vindication. This was challenging for me because I am an emotionally driven person by nature and struggled with the need to have the last word. I have since been delivered from this and know that it should not be my goal to return "evil for evil." After all God is a defender of those who choose not to defend themselves. I learned that there is a blessing in the persecution that we receive from others. When we are persecuted for righteousness sake, and allow God to defend for us, we set ourselves up to receive the blessings that God has for us. Do yourself a favor and let go and let God! Don't block your blessings by holding onto bitterness and anger from past experiences that have long been forgotten by the perpetrator.
Allow your heart to forgive and live free from the pain of the past.
I know that what I am asking you to do is a lot easier said than done. Believe me I am not asking you to do something that I have not been challenged to do in my own journey. Let me share my most recent personal testimony with forgiveness. Just recently, I was given the opportunity to create an additional stream of income (or so I thought) in the course of performing specific tasks that I was asked to do, suddenly I could feel a shift in the atmosphere. I guess the best way that I can explain it is that at a certain point it felt as though I had a target on my back. Long story short, the individuals who hired me tried to push every button that I had to get me to respond ugly for ugly. Let's just say that in all my years of working, I have never been spoken to or treated this way! Now for those of you who know me, there was a time when I would have gone off! Everyone knows that I have never been one with a shortage of words! LOL! However, in this particular situation, something in my spirit said "No, I got this." I knew that it was God speaking peace into my spirt. I had to allow Him to work. To tell you the truth, I feel as though it was a test to see if He could trust me with what He has for me.
I will be the first one to admit that I felt like I had the wind knocked out of my sails and it affected me emotionally because I did not deserve the treatment that I was getting. My integrity and character had been challenged by people who really didn't know me. Although the old me would have retaliated with a vengeance and held on to the bitterness, somehow I felt a need to pray for these people and forgive them for the pain and hardship they had caused. Let me just say that I made the right choice because God ended up turning what the enemy meant for harm, into good.
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