You have probably heard that saying before, and you probably envy that saying. Don’t try to act like you don’t hate the, “forgive and forget” saying because we all hate it at some point, and you’re not a horrible person if you hate that saying, its okay! For me personally, I’m just in the process of trying to forgive and forget, I will not being naming names (ha!), but lets just say some people in my life have said some hurtful things to me, and I want to hate them for that, but I can’t. I can’t because it’s not me to hate somebody, God laid it on my heart years and years ago that I cannot actually hate somebody, and sometimes it gets me in trouble, sometimes I forgive and forget too fast as crazy as that may sound. I know how hard it is to forgive someone who hurt you so bad that you can’t even be around them, because you’re scared to get hurt again, you can only take so much mean words before breaking, and I totally get that. When someone who you thought you could trust and someone who would forever love you, says something that hurts so much that its like somebody stabbing you in the heart, it’s so hard to forgive, and you just want to hate them forever. I’m not going to tell you its going to be easy, because its not, but take my advice, and the first action you can take is going to them, and saying, “hey, you really hurt me when you said that, you may have not meant it like that but I took it like that, I know you love me, and I forgive you, I forgive what you have said in the past, and all that you will say in the future, because Jesus took all of my sins and forgave me so I will do the same.”. By saying that you are not only showing them love, and grace, but you are showing them Christ, you are showing them what you have received. They may not take it how you want them to, they may be offended by what you said or say, but know that you just planted a seed in their hearts, a seed of kindness, a seed of love, and most important a seed of Christ.
Here are my two favorite verses in Matthew:
“You have heard that is was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
“You have heard that is was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Pray this prayer with me:
God, I ask you to help me to forgive the ones who have hurt me as Christ did when he went up on the cross. I thank you that I am able to forgive, because I am only able to forgive because you forgave me first, and my forgiveness is just an overflow of yours. I love you. I will praise you will all my life, I will praise you until my last breath. Amen.
I love you all and hope you have an amazing day.
– Tannyr Mack, December 15, 2017.