When was the last time someone asked you for forgiveness? Or, better yet, when was the last time you asked someone to forgive you?
Forgiveness is not easy. I struggle with both asking for forgiveness and forgiving others when they’ve hurt me.
As a believer, though, I am called to forgive. We are commanded to forgive in of Ephesians 4:32…
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
We are called to forgive because God forgives us.
So, how can we practically forgive others, even when we don’t feel like it?
1. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Maybe they are going through a hard time and really didn’t mean what they said to you. Or, perhaps, they didn’t realize their actions would upset you.
2. Be willing to offer grace.
None of us are perfect. NO ONE. So we need to be ready to offer grace when someone messes up and it affects us. You never know when you’ll do something that will hurt or upset someone.
3. If you’re really struggling to forgive, give it to God.
Let God know your struggles. I mean, He already knows them, but I find it’s so helpful if I can verbalize them to God. Sometimes just talking with Him diffuses the pain. Other times He is able to give me a better perspective on the situation.
Will you join me in finding the blessing of forgiveness?
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