When others hurt us, we must quickly forgive them so we may avoid being poisoned by bitterness. We often like to hang on to hurt and use it as a shield to protect ourselves from being hurt again. Unfortunately, all we’re doing is cultivating the weed of bitterness. A wall of pain is not the way to protect our heart. God is our protector. When we forgive others the way God forgives us, then we draw close to Him and allow Him to protect our heart. How thoroughly does God forgive us? The Bible says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalms‬ ‭103:12) http://bible.com/59/psa.103.12.esv.

Some hurt is so deep that we often believe we’re not capable of giving forgiveness. That’s when we must remember the extraordinary amount of forgiveness which God has given us for our innumerable crimes against His love. Then suddenly–the crimes against our love seem miniscule in the light of His glorious grace to us. Has anyone EVER transgressed against our love to the degree we’ve violated God’s love? The reality of this perspective humbles us. Forgiveness towards the offender blossoms in our heart–even if they never apologize. We seek God’s forgiveness because we long to be closely held in His circle of grace. We want God’s grace to be active in our life, rather than allowing our soul to be poisoned with bitterness. The Bible says: “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” (Hebrews 12:14-15)

When we learn to give grace to others as God gives it to us, then our joy is undefiled by bitterness. We must be vigilant over our own hearts, especially if we are often in close contact with someone who hurts us. God created us for an extraordinary purpose. Our life is much too precious to be defiled by bitterness!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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