While we celebrate our risen Savior this Easter may we take time to reflect on those who have hurt us or wronged us in a more spiritual way.
Jesus showed us what He did when He was beaten and even nailed to a cross. He forgave them. Does our Heavenly Father respect any thing less from us?
Would someone we trust, even a Christian brother or sister, ever do something to disappoint or hurt us? The correct answer is YES, the enemy can use any of us if we let our defenses down...if we do not ground ourselves in Godís Word and become sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, especially concerning worldly problems like finances, illness, or relationships.
When some one does a person wrong the worldly reaction is to become angry to the point of getting even. That's a natural worldly human response to being hurt.
But what is the spirit filled Christian suppose to do when we are wronged by some one?
The Word of God teaches if you are slapped on one cheek, turn the other too... We are not to resort to violence but to cast away the spirit of revenge and focus on loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us.
By doing so we will be acting as true sons and daughters to our Heavenly father. ( Matthew 5:39, 44, 45).
So that God can be free to work the situation out, the Lordís Word makes it clear that a Christianís reaction must be forgiveness.
Through Godís grace, we will be able to forgive and move forward with our life's journey.
If there is someone who has done you wrong you need to forgive? Turn your cheek, and let God work it for your good as you are obedient to His Word.
Father: Thank you for this little lesson on forgiveness. Teach us to be more forgiving to one another. Like you were when you forgave us for our sins so we could have eternal life. We are all guilty of not forgiving when we have been wronged against. We ask Father that you lead us and remind us on how to be more forgiving and not to resort to anger but to respond in a loving way with prayer so you can have time to work for our good.