Lay It Down

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 3:13NIV

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you completely forget the horrible things that were done to you. It doesn’t mean that you excuse the person for the wrongs they perpetrated against you. It doesn’t mean that you understand why they did what they did. It doesn’t even mean that you have to become besties with them.

What is truly required is: An intentional decision to let go of resentment and anger. An intentional decision to release the person who has hurt you so deeply from their obligation to pay for what they did. To let go of the desire for that person to hurt as badly as you have been hurt.

You cannot say I forgive you, but I hope and pray you get your comeuppance. That is not the spirit of forgiveness.

Forgiveness will be ushered in when you let go of the hate, the rage, and the need for the revenge you feel whenever that person’s name is mentioned or whenever those feelings are triggered.

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