Forgiveness. It can be tricky. It can also change everything!
What should we do when confronted by conflict in our relationships, within our environment (home, work, even out on the highways and byways) or within ourselves?
The devil wants to twist things, just a little. Just enough that what you saw, what you felt, what you heard and what you received are completely different than intended. Misconstrued. Misdirected. Misunderstood. The tools of the enemy.
Anger and frustration and spite and angst and...(I could go on and on, but you get the idea). These things can hold us captive. We can speak and think and walk in the hurt and negativity until we miss out on what is good and joyful and wonderful in the world.
Yes, what happened to you yesterday might have been horrific. It might have been traumatic. It might have simply gotten your dander up and messed with your joy. What ever hurt or misunderstanding that is holding you back IS holding you back. Holding onto the hurts of yesterday are now hurting no one but you.
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal. God asks us to forgive freely, easily and without record. Forgiveness is about what YOU do, not about what the person you're forgiving does (or doesn't do). Forgiveness is a decision. The person you are forgiving may not ever change because of it, or may not even be aware that you were ever conflicted, but that doesn't change God's desire that we forgive.
Our lives are like chapters in a book. Some chapters are longer and some are shorter. Forgiveness can be a single page.
Ephesians 4:31 MSG
"...Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you."