I know I am supposed to forgive everyone who has hurt me; but I just cant seem to do that with certain people who have treated me so badly.
Sometimes we are so hurt by others that we simply are not
able to forgive them. Yet, the Bible says "forgive
each other" (Ephesians 4:32); and that if we
dont forgive others, then neither will God forgive
us. (Matthew 6:15) So, what are we to do?
First, we need to realize that
forgiveness is not for the benefit of the individual who
hurt you, so much as it is for your benefit.
Unforgiveness will hurt you more than
it will hurt the person who offended you.
Gods word says that
"offenses will come" (Matthew 18:7). The
ultimate issue is, how will you respond when they do
One key to success in the area of
forgiveness is found in Ephesians 5:12, "For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this age.".
Our battle is not against people, even
though it may appear that way sometimes. The spirits of
darkness USE people, work through people, to try to hurt
you. But, if you can separate the person from the demonic
spirit at work against you, you will win!
Lift that person who has done you wrong
up to God. Tell God you forgive that one, even though you
may not feel it in your heart just yet; and let HIM deal
with that person.
Meanwhile, you go to battle in the
spirit realm against the enemy of envy, anger, slander,
rage, or whoever was attacking you, and destroy him with
the sword of the spirit and the blood of Jesus!
Once you have done this, you will be
FREE to walk once again in the power, provision, and
blessing of God. Satan will have lost his hold, and you
will have increased the anointing on your life.
When we make the decision to remain in
1 Corin. 13 no matter what the cost, the enemy is
powerless against us!
If your unforgiveness has gone on for
so long that a root of bitterness has sprung up inside of
you, then you must repent and ask God in His mercy and
grace, to forgive that person through you. Its His
forgiveness, not yours, that will free you. All you have
to do is be willing.
Lets pray: Lord, I ask you to
bless all those who have hurt me. I choose to forgive
them and walk in obedience to your word. Remove the root
of bitterness in my heart. Bring healing and liberty in
Jesus name. Amen.