In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally; sometimes unintentionally. How you handle that hurt determines your happiness.
When you bottle up hurt in your life and hold onto it – that is called resentment. If somebody hurt you years ago and you’re still holding onto it, it will poison your life. For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.
The Bible says forgive and be forgiven. In fact, Jesus says, “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” (Matthew 6:15 TEV) They’re inter-related.
Forgiveness is the only way to get rid of the past. That’s one of the values of prayer. It helps you unload, forgive those who have hurt you and let it go so you can get on with life.
When we let go of our hurts and forgive others we are reflecting the grace of our heavenly Father, who forgave us and continues to forgive us. It means we’ve given God our love; we’ve given God our lives; and, in doing that, we worship God.
–》》from Rick Warren’s daily devotional
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