'...forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.' Ephesians 4:32 GNT
Do you know that forgiveness has very little to do with the other person; it's a decision you make, like expelling carbon dioxide from your lungs because you know that holding on to it will only poison you. So release it. Let all that bitterness out and breathe in the oxygen of God's love.
The test of love is to forgive the guilty. That's what God did for you - and it's what he expects you to do for others! Not suggests, expects! Here's a little test to do right now - are you refusing to forgive some things that aren't any worse than something you've done to other people? Forgive them, or you'll never be free to enjoy the relationship God wants you to have with them; and with him.
Whatever you don't forgive, you relive. That's what makes you keep striking out at others, and robs you of the joy of loving and being loved in return. Unforgiveness is an umbilical cord that keeps you tied to the past. When you forgive, you cut that cord. When you refuse to, you remain connected to memories that can distort your personality. That's how issues pass from generation to generation.
So what now? Take charge today by saying, 'This ends here and now, and it ends with me!' Learn to receive forgiveness from God - and from those you've hurt - then offer it out to those who've hurt you. Do it so that your heart will become tender, your spirit lighter, your mind freer, and your vision clearer.
Soulfood: 1 Ki 14-15, Luke 12:13-21, Ps 61, Prov 6:16-19