Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 06:28 am

Isn’t it amazing that the people we’re most close to are the very ones who can end up profoundly hurting us? For example, the pain goes deep when a parent, sibling, spouse, or close friend greatly offends or betrays our trust. 

Jesus Christ was betrayed by someone close, his disciple, Judas Iscariot. It baffled the disciples that Judas would betray Christ while pretending to say hello with a kiss. 

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” [Luke 22:47-48) 

It’s easy to overlook offense from someone you barely know. However, the pain goes deep when it’s someone close to you. And it becomes difficult to concentrate on anything else when we’re deeply hurt or wounded. 

The answer to this is forgiveness

How to Forgive 

Figuring out how to forgive may not be easy. However, it’s possible. This blog post will look at several ways to help us let go of hurt and achieve true forgiveness. 

  • Know and understand why forgiveness matters 

Holding onto unforgiveness only hurts us more. When we forgive, we receive the freedom to be free from the chains of bitterness, anger, negativity, and hatred. Forgiving those who do us wrong empowers us to choose against being angry, hateful, envious, and bitter.  

A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) 

Forgiveness allows us to be stress-free, peaceful, and whole, which frees us for better life experiences and relationships.

  • Acknowledge the offense
     

Acknowledge the hurt and who hurt you, and why it happened. 

Doing so enables you to let out the hurt and consider the whole situation carefully before making any decision. 

Acknowledging the hurt also helps you understand how someone else may feel if the same was done to them, which allows you to exercise forgiveness. 

  • Remember the forgiveness of God 
     

God tells us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32) 

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15) 

We can forgive when we reflect on the biblical commands about forgiveness. 

Reminding ourselves that God provided forgiveness for us when we didn’t deserve it and continually forgives us in Christ, helps us forgive others. 

Ask yourself, shouldn’t I forgive others if God has forgiven me? 

  • Let go of the hurt, genuinely 
     

After you decide to forgive, you must let it go completely. 

If you’re struggling to let it go, remember it doesn’t mean you’re a failure at forgiveness. The journey to genuine forgiveness may likely take time. It would be best if you were determined to forgive, be courageous, and be patient. 

We portray wisdom when we overlook an offense.

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11) 

Let God in and ask Him to guide the process. If the relationships need repair, you can use kind words and simple gestures to show you have let go.  

Always work towards developing a heart that forgives others quickly because offenses always come. In the Lord’s prayer, we pray, 

…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us… (Matthew 6:12)

We should always be ready and willing to forgive others, as we look to God to forgive us each day. 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.

 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 06:28 am

Isn’t it amazing that the people we’re most close to are the very ones who can end up profoundly hurting us? For example, the pain goes deep when a parent, sibling, spouse, or close friend greatly offends or betrays our trust. 

Jesus Christ was betrayed by someone close, his disciple, Judas Iscariot. It baffled the disciples that Judas would betray Christ while pretending to say hello with a kiss. 

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” [Luke 22:47-48) 

It’s easy to overlook offense from someone you barely know. However, the pain goes deep when it’s someone close to you. And it becomes difficult to concentrate on anything else when we’re deeply hurt or wounded. 

The answer to this is forgiveness

How to Forgive 

Figuring out how to forgive may not be easy. However, it’s possible. This blog post will look at several ways to help us let go of hurt and achieve true forgiveness. 

  • Know and understand why forgiveness matters 

Holding onto unforgiveness only hurts us more. When we forgive, we receive the freedom to be free from the chains of bitterness, anger, negativity, and hatred. Forgiving those who do us wrong empowers us to choose against being angry, hateful, envious, and bitter.  

A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) 

Forgiveness allows us to be stress-free, peaceful, and whole, which frees us for better life experiences and relationships.

  • Acknowledge the offense
     

Acknowledge the hurt and who hurt you, and why it happened. 

Doing so enables you to let out the hurt and consider the whole situation carefully before making any decision. 

Acknowledging the hurt also helps you understand how someone else may feel if the same was done to them, which allows you to exercise forgiveness. 

  • Remember the forgiveness of God 
     

God tells us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32) 

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15) 

We can forgive when we reflect on the biblical commands about forgiveness. 

Reminding ourselves that God provided forgiveness for us when we didn’t deserve it and continually forgives us in Christ, helps us forgive others. 

Ask yourself, shouldn’t I forgive others if God has forgiven me? 

  • Let go of the hurt, genuinely 
     

After you decide to forgive, you must let it go completely. 

If you’re struggling to let it go, remember it doesn’t mean you’re a failure at forgiveness. The journey to genuine forgiveness may likely take time. It would be best if you were determined to forgive, be courageous, and be patient. 

We portray wisdom when we overlook an offense.

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11) 

Let God in and ask Him to guide the process. If the relationships need repair, you can use kind words and simple gestures to show you have let go.  

Always work towards developing a heart that forgives others quickly because offenses always come. In the Lord’s prayer, we pray, 

…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us… (Matthew 6:12)

We should always be ready and willing to forgive others, as we look to God to forgive us each day. 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.

 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 06:28 am

Isn’t it amazing that the people we’re most close to are the very ones who can end up profoundly hurting us? For example, the pain goes deep when a parent, sibling, spouse, or close friend greatly offends or betrays our trust. 

Jesus Christ was betrayed by someone close, his disciple, Judas Iscariot. It baffled the disciples that Judas would betray Christ while pretending to say hello with a kiss. 

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” [Luke 22:47-48) 

It’s easy to overlook offense from someone you barely know. However, the pain goes deep when it’s someone close to you. And it becomes difficult to concentrate on anything else when we’re deeply hurt or wounded. 

The answer to this is forgiveness

How to Forgive 

Figuring out how to forgive may not be easy. However, it’s possible. This blog post will look at several ways to help us let go of hurt and achieve true forgiveness. 

  • Know and understand why forgiveness matters 

Holding onto unforgiveness only hurts us more. When we forgive, we receive the freedom to be free from the chains of bitterness, anger, negativity, and hatred. Forgiving those who do us wrong empowers us to choose against being angry, hateful, envious, and bitter.  

A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) 

Forgiveness allows us to be stress-free, peaceful, and whole, which frees us for better life experiences and relationships.

  • Acknowledge the offense
     

Acknowledge the hurt and who hurt you, and why it happened. 

Doing so enables you to let out the hurt and consider the whole situation carefully before making any decision. 

Acknowledging the hurt also helps you understand how someone else may feel if the same was done to them, which allows you to exercise forgiveness. 

  • Remember the forgiveness of God 
     

God tells us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32) 

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15) 

We can forgive when we reflect on the biblical commands about forgiveness. 

Reminding ourselves that God provided forgiveness for us when we didn’t deserve it and continually forgives us in Christ, helps us forgive others. 

Ask yourself, shouldn’t I forgive others if God has forgiven me? 

  • Let go of the hurt, genuinely 
     

After you decide to forgive, you must let it go completely. 

If you’re struggling to let it go, remember it doesn’t mean you’re a failure at forgiveness. The journey to genuine forgiveness may likely take time. It would be best if you were determined to forgive, be courageous, and be patient. 

We portray wisdom when we overlook an offense.

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11) 

Let God in and ask Him to guide the process. If the relationships need repair, you can use kind words and simple gestures to show you have let go.  

Always work towards developing a heart that forgives others quickly because offenses always come. In the Lord’s prayer, we pray, 

…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us… (Matthew 6:12)

We should always be ready and willing to forgive others, as we look to God to forgive us each day. 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.

 


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