Sunday, January 24, 2010
How often have we been in a situation where somebody hurt us so bad that we just cannot forgive the person much less forget what she/he has done to us? How we relived in our minds the bitter details of the hurt over and over again? How we could not sleep at night, tossing and turning because we were just so upset by the incident that produced the pain and bitterness in our hearts. Forgive? Ha, easier said than done when the pain and bitterness still linger in our hearts and minds. But that is what we are always doing to God. We hurt Him so bad with all kinds of sins that produce thorns in His heart and sufferings in His mind. But He is always there ready and willing to forgive us every time we return to Him from our prodigal ways. Many times we even treat Him as our avenue of last resort when we have nowhere else to go. We even entertain doubts in our minds whether He could really fix our troubles which were of our own making in the first place. God admonished us to forgive those who have sinned against us, even saying that if we could not forgive them neither would our sins be forgiven. That is perfect divine justice unlike our own set of double standard of justice. Even if we still feel the pain and the bitterness is still there, we should strive to orally forgive the person who hurt us so we can move on. We will have a more peaceful sleep at night and the joy and peace that such forgiveness can bring, for in the process, we are imitating God who always forgive and forget. Oh by the way, God will surely avenge you if you were truly oppressed by the person who hurt you. "HE WHO HAS NO SIN, LET HIM CAST THE FIRST STONE" (John 8:7).
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Forgiveness, Forgive and Forget, Pain, Hurt, Bitterness, Avenue of Last Resort, Troubles, Double Standard of Justice, Move On, Peaceful Sleep, First Stone, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla