Living in hurt because people I loved lied to me in the past doesn’t help me live in peace now. It clutters my soul with bitterness.
Nursing the regret of dealing with people whose pride cut my life to shreds doesn’t help me heal but keeps me living wounded.
Living wounded is not God’s heart for my life or for the state of my soul.
Forgiveness is vital to the soul. It is balm and healing. Relief and redeeming. It is vital because you are valuable. God wants this for you so much that he paid the price on the cross to guarantee you could recieve it and give it.
But God has even more for you and your life.
Jesus spoke of it to the crowd that followed him up a mountain:
“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”
Matthew 5:38-42 MSG
What does life beyond forgiveness look like to Jesus?
It is living a life of generosity.
Someone takes advantage of you- give them what you have and move on with your life. Let it go. Forgive them. Ask God to bless them. Someday you may even be able to bless them yourself.
In this way, you will be living in the abundance of God’s love instead of the famine of past hurts.
God doesn’t deny that bad things happen or that people might take advantage of you but He also doesn’t abandon you to it. He empowers you to forgive, reminds you to let go and pours out His Spirit on you so that someday you can even become a blessing to them.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in Christ you can.
No, you can’t do it on your own.
Yes, it is possible but only by God’s grace, mercy and power.
True freedom is living generously in your heart, spirit and soul. It is going beyond the bare minimum to abundance in Christ.
Just start with a prayer:
“Jesus, set me so free from bitterness that I can live in your abundance in every area of my life. You made the way, help me to live it. In your Name, amen.”
My friend, may you be empowered by Jesus to live a life filled with freedom, wholeness and generosity in every area of your life.