How do we forgive someone that has hurt us so badly? Having been in a number of relationships where my significant other was unfaithful, I spent many years harboring that pain of injustice. My attitude of unforgiveness did more to hurt me, than the other person. I became an angry, bitter person that I did not like.
For the past few years, I have adopted a new philosophy, forgive as quickly as possible. Forgive even before the person asks for forgiveness, because they may not.
The only reason why I have been able to live by this philosophy, is because I know how much I have been forgiven. Every single one of my sins have been forgiven by God. I have been made new in His sight through the power of Jesus.
To practice letting go of past hurts, imagine you are standing in a river. Your anger, hurt, guilt, and pain are trying to pull you under the water. You have to make a choice. Either let go, or swim to shore and move on with the rest of your life. Just open your hand, and let the water wash them away. You do not need them. Forgiveness is freedom.
The power of forgiveness also allows you the opportunity to share the message of the Gospel. You have been forgiven, so you are able to forgive. Share this message with the one who hurt you and you may change their life.
I humbly come before you to ask you to help me forgive. Thank you for the pain and hurt that I have felt, because it served a purpose. It drew me closer to you. I know I need you. Help me to let go. Help me to move on. Help me to share your message with the one who hurt me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.