Forgiveness is the hardest things us humans have to work thru. Depending on what we became involved in, it can be really messy when we sit back and try to figure out what just happened.
Our immediate thoughts after the air clears is it hurts so bad and you have no idea what I just went thru. And there it stays, if we don’t take care of our emotions and directly process and work thru the forgiveness process.
Hurt and anger are two of your first emotions when we are processing. These emotions actually lead us to what really happened by assessing what brought us to be hurt and angry.
Next make sure you remove yourself out of the situation so you can honestly evaluate what really happened.
Thirdly, when you understand, honestly what happened, you can then work on the formalities of forgiving the other person(s), or yourself for the event that just happened.
This is a great time to do a heart check of your own personal growth (or not) in how it took place.
The act of forgiving is about Grace. Grace toward the other person or yourself or both. Grace is the application of Forgiveness. Grace is the substance that says “I am sorry and will you please forgive me?” because us humans are known to trespass into and onto others, whether it is in word, action or deed or not. Sometimes God asks us to forgive even when it may not really be our fault. Or find the solution to bridge the gap when there is a clear misunderstanding.
Swallowing our Pride (self) is hard to do no matter whose fault it is. When we admit our weaknesses and failures and apply forgiveness, it releases us to be free from the bondage of self or Pride.
Jesus died on the cross so we can spend eternity with Him. His death on the cross accomplishes the Grace we need to be forgiven and forgive. He knew we would trespass against each other due to the fact we are human and not perfect.
Ask Him today to forgive you for trespassing against Him or your neighbor! I promise a great burden will be lifted off of you and you will be free.!
Psalm 32:1-2 1 Of David. A maskil. Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace