In order to pursue your passions and live purposefully, it’s important to have a healthy outlook on relationships. When was the last time someone hurt your feelings? If that hurt is still there because there hasn’t been forgiveness and recovery, the result is a person walking around with open wounds. Without forgiveness and recovery, it’s impossible to devote our attention to living a purposeful life.
(If you are suffering from a situation that is disrupting your ability to live a full life, please seek some professional counseling. You are worth it!)
Our life revolves around our relationships with people and things around us. Everyone has been hurt at some point in their life, it’s inevitable in a world full of sin and interactions with others. Unless we lived in solitude, having our feelings hurt at some point is inevitable. Hurt comes in 2 forms: intentional hurt and unintentional hurt.
People’s comments, the looks they give us through body language, or even the text messages we receive can cause hurt. Forgiveness is important for all of our relationships, whether it’s in marriage, family relationships, friendships, or even when it’s strangers that hurt us. In order to live a healthy life, we must learn how to forgive others which will also help our wounds heal.
Matthew 6:14-15 is all about forgiveness. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
In order to forgive and recover, we must decide to forgive and recover. It’s an intentional decision. By carrying around the weight of anger, despair, hostility, and sadness, our own well-being and health suffer. In the end the person that is hurt, is you.
You will know that recovery is at work when you are reminded of the situation and don’t experience the “yucky feelings” that previously been associated with that situation. You will no longer feel the urge to cry, have extreme anxiety, or to tell someone off! Every person is unique and will react in their own way. Depending on the severity of your pain, it may take a long time to get to this point. It’s not easy but is important for recovery.
This does not mean that you need to be friends with the person who hurt you or that you even want to speak to them. It means you are no longer held hostage by your wounds and emotions. You are at peace.
Is forgiveness hard for you?
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