Has someone you know hurt you so badly that you just can’t seem to forgive them? Each time you see that person, the old feelings start building up inside you and you want to burst like a volcano?
Jesus Christ went through so much to forgive us from our sins. So much so, He gave up His own life on the cross so we could be forgiven! When you stop and think about that for a moment, teen girl, you’ll be able to understand just what He expects from us. Jesus didn’t come to earth with boxing gloves on His hands ready to fight. Not at all! In fact, He preached forgiveness and repentance and salvation!
Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Each situation is different but when we are put in a position to show forgiveness, we need to remember that everyone is a sinner … yes, including our own self! If we are to measure forgiveness by our own sins, we would be willing to give someone a lot more mercy, wouldn’t we? Of course! You would want to be forgiven and, therefore, you should be willing to forgive, amen?
God’s Word says:
Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Luke 11:4 – And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Forgiveness is not an easy thing to give when you have been hurt deeply. However, if you forgive because Christ first loved you and forgave you (1 John 4:19), you won’t find it difficult 🙂