When we are hurt by someone, we often will react as if that person has stolen something from us. We feel like they owe us something. However, God wants us to let those kinds of feelings go, no matter how hard it might be to do.
You see, if we decide to refuse to forgive, what hope are we going to have of receiving what we really need? In order for us to receive from God what He has promised through His Word, we need to obey Him, no matter how hard it might be, we must make the decision to forgive.
One of the greatest deceptions that Satan has continued to throw out there to us is that forgiveness is the idea that if our feelings have not changed, we have not truly forgiven. Once we make the decision to forgive someone, we can’t let Satan try to convince us that because we still have the same feelings that we really haven’t forgiven that person.
We all can make the right decision to forgive and not “feel” any different. This is when our faith will step in. We have done our part, we’ve offered forgiveness, now we just need to wait on God. He will do His part and heal our emotions, make us whole again and even eventually change how we feel towards the person who hurt us.
Lord, I choose to forgive those who have hurt me. I release them from their debt, in Jesus’ name. Heal my heart and make me whole.