Changing our mindset from anger to forgiveness is hard. It’s really hard work. Those feelings of being taken advantage of or, of being misused and abused, are feelings that are hard to put aside. Feelings that run from anger to disappointment to self deprecation depend upon us as their only challenger. The only way through the abyss of hurt is to pray for God’s peace and in His ability to allow forgiveness to change our mindset.
Colossians 3:13 TPT
“Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.”
Tolerate? As we read this word we might think ‘good grief, what’s next’ (I know I sure did). As I looked at other versions, sure enough, it was more of the same; bear with one another, don’t be angry with one another, be forbearing with one another, bear graciously with one another. ‘Bear’ ... now that word hit home, because when we get angry we might feel like a bear, but that is not what God’s unfailing love is telling us. The conclusion is simple. Forgiveness is the only answer.
Luke 23:34 TPT
“While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”
While they were nailing Jesus to the cross He was asking for forgiveness for those who were doing everything in their power to hurt Him. In this moment Jesus had a real justification for anger, for feelings of disappointment and disillusionment, yet there He is, in this moment, this overwhelmingly powerful moment, He is seeking the best for those who had wronged Him. Jesus asks us to follow His example and in doing so, our choice is simple. Forgiveness is the only answer, and bonus, forgiveness is also the key that unlocks the door to our own peace. Forbear ... and ... Forgive