What is the longest amount of time that you have stayed angry at someone? A day, a month, a year, or maybe even ten years?
It can be hard to forgive someone who has wronged you. You want to hold onto the feelings of resentment and bitterness thinking this will cause them to fully feel the breadth of how they hurt you, hoping they can feel an ounce of the pain you are feeling. God calls us to a higher standard. As we allow God to begin the healing in us, we will be able to let go of the hurt, forgive, and start living our life the way He intended.
Here are five ways you can practice biblical forgiveness in your life and start to enter a season of healing.
- Remember Your Own Forgiveness
- Don’t forget that Jesus has forgiven you so many times that you couldn’t possibly count them. Extend that forgiveness to the person who wronged you.
- Let Go of your Right to Get Even
- Like stated before, it is natural to want to hurt the person who wronged you. When we do that, we are not mirroring God, but the brokenness of our world.
- Build Healthy Relationships with the Father
- Spend your first minutes with the Lord every day, asking Him to help heal your wounds and give you a heart of forgiveness.
- Respond to Evil with Good
- Every time someone sins against you, you need to respond the way Jesus would, with grace and kindness. Is that hard? YES, but you will be better for it.
- Repeat the Process as Long as Necessary
None of the steps are easy on their own, but as you commit to these biblical practices and pray for God’s help, the healing will begin. Remember, you can always rely on your community group and close friends to help you through it all and begin to heal.