When I was hurt very deeply by a close friend, God taught me an important lesson about my pride. We often think of pride as taking the form of bragging or believing we’re superior. However, pride is sneaky. It often hides within our pain and clamps a choke chain on our heart. When someone wrongs us, our pride whispers to our heart that it’s ok to coddle hurt feelings. Thus, we never truly forgive. We say we do—but we don’t—because when we see the person who hurt us or think about them, we can’t think about them the way God does. To put it bluntly—we are unable to love them like God loves us.

Our daily thoughts, words and deeds which violate God’s love stack up much higher than any offenses against us. Yet, He continues to give us a heartbeat. God wants good for us. We are not so generous towards those who hurt us. To have His heart—we must be close to Him. To be close to Him—we must forgive. Withholding forgiveness hurts us because we forfeit God’s forgiveness. Jesus said, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬)

Yes—pain is real and it doesn’t just magically disappear. In fact, some offenses cause pain so deep that only God’s miraculous love heals it. God is the key to our healing. As we ask God to forgive our offenses, He fills us with Himself. The deeper we go into His love the more humbled we are by the vast degree which He loves us past our sin. His love strips us of the pride which chains our heart. We learn to love those who have offended us—like He loves us. This is a great miracle! Forgiveness is the first step to God’s freedom and healing from the pain of our pride.

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

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