Thoughts on forgiveness, especially in the face of “church hurt”. God has been convicting me recently that every time I speak His truth over myself, to remember that it is not only true of me, but also of “them”. My “enemies,” aka “the haters” ——> The people I still need to forgive.
Now, first comes a disclaimer that they are *not* my enemies.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us our struggle is not against flesh and blood. - But often times they certainly FEEL like enemies who are very much against me.
Here are some hard truths that really point me in the direction of forgiveness:
Truth: I am made in the image of God.
Also true: So are they.
He is FOR me.
He is FOR them, too.
He will restore all that was lost... for me yes, but also for them.
His heart is grieved for me in my brokenness, and He grieves for their pain as well.
He loves me just as He loves them.
He has a plan and a purpose for me, just as He does for them.
His grace is sufficient for me... and for them.
We serve the same Jesus.
We have the same Heavenly Father.
We are all human. Messed up. In need of His mercy. Sinful. Requiring forgiveness. We allllll fall short.
His goodness isn’t exclusive to me; it’s available to those that wronged me as well.
They are our brothers and sisters in Christ, our hearts should long for them to know these truths too.
Let that sink in.
Whoever you need to forgive today, remember that they are a living, breathing human with emotions and regret and defense mechanisms and a personality and all the same things that make you human, too. They are not the enemy. They are God’s children too.
God doesn’t only want to heal what’s broken in you, He wants to heal what’s broken in them, too.
Compassion comes when we realize what we have in common.
Compassion leads to understanding.
Understanding leads to forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the gateway to healing.