We hurt each other because we are damaged; but when we allow God to love us, we heal—and then we begin to love each other. This is God’s circle of mercy and grace. When we’re in it, we don’t ever want to be without it because the comfort and peace of loving forgiveness is much better than the anger and bitterness of unforgiveness.

Sin begins to damage us from a very young age.

Rather than allowing God to heal us, we allow layers of scar tissue to grow and harden our heart. We learn to be cynical, defensive, combative, suspicious, paranoid, ugly, mean, angry and bitter. However, our healing salvation was secured upon the cross. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah‬ ‭53:5‬) When we come to Christ, His promise is that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalms ‭147:3)

So, when His love heals us, His love in us—enables us to love our damaged brother. His Word says: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter‬ ‭4:8‬) We can’t love without Him and we must allow Him to heal our scars and repair the wreckage of sin in our heart. When we feel any bitterness or other negative emotions towards another person, it’s a sure sign that there’s something in our own damaged heart that hasn’t been healed. God wants to heal us. We must allow forgiveness to draw us closer to Him. He enables us to love. He is love.

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