Forgiving someone, that caused you a lot of hurt and pain, can be extremely difficult.

For some, the difficulty is because they feel forgiving the person or people makes what that they did okay, others see forgiveness as a sign of weakness, especially when the person or people have not asked for it.

However, we have to learn to forgive others, not for them, but for ourselves.

Holding on to your anger and refusing to forgive is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.

This analogy shows that not letting go of your hurt means that you are stuck in the past, reliving the pain over and over again.

Thankfully, you do not have to live this way, all you have to do is forgive the person/people, hand your pain over to God, and move on with God’s purpose for your life.

If forgiving seems to hard to do, remember that you HAVE to because God has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13 tells us to, “make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."

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We are not without faults, so the fact that God has forgiven you, means you have no right to not forgive others.

Matthew 6:14-15 goes on to add, "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.…"

Today, ask God for the grace and strength to forgive others like He does for you.