"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Forgiveness can be tough. Especially when someone has hurt us deeply or has maliciously abused us. How is it possible to forgive someone who has been so cruel?
If you have not forgiven someone who has hurt you, remember that real healing cannot take place until you let go of all bitterness and unforgiveness. Forgiveness is a process that may require considerable time and much prayer. But with Christ's help, you can do it. He forgave his attackers even as he died on the cross. And he forgives us freely when we turn to him. How can we do less?
You have a choice. You can choose to continue as you are. Or you can choose to forgive. Forgiveness will allow you to experience God's peace and all the good he has planned for your life.
Choose forgiveness today. It won't be easy, but God will make it possible. Ask him to forgive you for the bitterness and anger you feel. And then trust him to help you forgive your abuser and move on to the joy and fulfillment God has provided for you.
Father, teach me to forgive. You have covered me with your grace and mercy. Forgive me for holding in so much bitterness toward the one who has hurt me. Help me to extend grace to this person. Help me to forgive. And help me to love. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Restoring Families: Overcoming Abusive Relationships through Christ by Janet M. Lerner. This study ministers to families caught in the cycle of abusive relationships. It deals with overcoming these abusive relationships through Christ and is recommended for use in small groups and Christian counseling. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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