Is forgiving others for their wrong toward you easy? For most of us truly forgiving someone who has hurt us is very hard, especially if they haven't asked for leniency. Yet it's what God desires and it'll have an impact on your life. Jesus paid the final sacrifice for every one of us and His dying and resurrection makes our offering of clemency easy.
An example in my life that happened a few years back is when a colleague hurt my other half and me terribly seriously. Below are parts of mails that were sent.
My Email to My Business Colleague
I pray you are doing well. I want to share where God has taken me in this journey. Ever since our meeting at your house I have not been at peace. The impact of that meeting has led straight to bitterness on my part toward you. God has reminded me that he calls all his children to love each other and I am scared I have failed. My thoughts have not brought Him glory. Each other Monday night we have got a prayer group at our house. Tonight someone read Ephesians 4:1-6 and I'm fairly sure God intended those words for me.
As a prisoner of the Lord, then I ask you to live a life deserving of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; have patience, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
As I sat there letting that verse run through my mind I assumed of the following verses:
For if you pardon men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their sins, your Father won’t forgive your sins.
I recalled a Bible study video where a business man assisted his rival in fixing a reoccurring product problem. His selflessness with his willingness to help his rival sell more products and his devotion to honor God had an effect on my life. My wish is to respect God and bring Him glory in my actions towards you. I am willing and am enthusiastic not only to offer you the sites and additionally to help you point them to any sites you want. I ask nothing in exchange.
Partner’s E-mail Response
Thanks for your prayers, humbleness and mercy. I would like to take you up on your unselfish offer.
Throughout your life, others might hurt you. It could be no fault of your own. Your discomfort may be the results of another person’s sin or it might be Satan using that person to harm you or a mix of both.
When you're hurt, you need the other to admit they have done wrong, to claim I'm sorry, and to ask for clemency. Often times an admission of guilt doesn't come. If there is no access, you might need to take the matter into your own hands. What would God would like you to do? My want was simply to revere Him and let Him worry about the end result. Think about this, I could either surrender to my natural thoughts or surrender to His will. This is a place where big joy and peace can enter your life if you handle it God’s way.
Burton Rager author of “Living Life Set Free” and “God’s Answer?” Click to learn more about How to Forgive Someone and receive a complimentary copy of “God’s Answer?”To watch a video to discover more about: Forgiving Others