Then Forgive Them

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT

Closing the email, I felt resentment creeping into my heart. The words from the screen had hurt my feelings. I had tried to do something nice for someone else, but the plan had failed. In the aftermath other’s opinions crept in creating a toxic environment. I felt thrown under the bus by someone I cared for deeply and a since of betrayal. To make it worse, they didn’t even call me. They emailed me, as if that was how we communicated every day.

Trapping hurt feelings, replaying words in my mind trying to rationalize what had happened, just made things worse. I prayed for God to help me let it go. In the grand scheme of life, none of this event even matters, but…the helpless feelings of hurt harbor within.

Sometimes it is hard to let things go. I want justice to shout its voice in my defense, but the truth is justice is seen differently to the two sides of contrasting opinions. That’s when the question of, “Do you value these people more than winning this petty battle?” knocks at the door.

I do value them more. In fact, way more.

“Then forgive them.” The quiet whisper rushes through my heart.

Lord, I forgive them. Please forgive me for holding a grudge. Help me to love them more. Amen

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