Everyone has been hurt by another person’s action or words. When I get hurt I do not think about forgiving that person right off. After someone has been hurt, the typical human being usually becomes angry or bitter. Sometimes when we are hurt we even take it as far as seeking vengeance. Forgiveness does not come easy for me. Usually the thought of forgiveness begins to surface when I have had time to meditate on the situation and realize that it is not worth staying angry over. I define and handle forgiveness as making a decision to let go of thoughts of when another person’s actions or words has hurt you. When dealing with forgiveness it does not occur to me that I may be over thinking the situation. Soon or later it may come to mind that I may have overreacted and gave a reaction on impulse instead of logic. Whatever the reason, when forgiveness is the order of the day, it most definitely has some challenges for me. The first of which is pride. Once pride is set aside, then the forgiving person must figure out a way to approach the other party involved. A forgiving person must humble themselves. When I humble myself, or shall I say when God helps me become humble it helps me go to the other party involved and ask for forgiveness. Also, I prepare myself for the remarks or the reaction in the event, which the person may not except my plea for forgiveness. As a believer, my faith teaches me that I must forgive in order to be forgiven. When I think on those terms several scriptures come to mind. One of which is most memorable (Matthew 6:14-15), For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Refusing to forgive or forgive others is sin. However, I trust God to help me forgive and help others forgive me.
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