It's normal (and right) to go through the process of healing from being hurt. But, the forgiveness thing still has to happen. Have a look back at yesterday's reading. Jesus stepped in to fix things between us and God, which hurt Him, in the form of metal nails, whip-lashes, spears and a crown of thorns. And it came with its own soundtrack of the careless laughter of His enemies, alongside the heartbroken cries of His family. But He faced the experience, full of forgiveness. Jesus shows that there is a healthy way to get over hurt. That forgiveness is not about staying the victim, but about taking control through loving-but-strong action. He did it so that we could be let off for all our past, present and future sins.
Wow. We think that should be enough inspiration to forgive the people who've acted really terribly towards us. It may not practically make it much easier to do, we know, but it provides the best reason to forgive. And, incidentally, the whole beautiful plan of what Jesus did on the cross for us provides a bridge back to God's power. And if anything can help you to forgive, it's God's power. Just ask Him.
So what now? Matthew 6:12 (NLT) says 'Forgive us for our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us'. Give thanks to Jesus that He taught you how to forgive, providing a way for us to forgive others. Then forgive anyone who has wronged you - let them off what they have done... it will actually set you free as well!
Soulfood : Neh 8-10, Lk 22:1-13, Ps 78:40-55, Prov 24:1-4