Forgiving is hard. It takes hard work, and determination, and the bigger the wound, the harder the forgiveness. So how about some practical 'How-To-Forgive' tips to help you?
a) Deciding to 're-forgive' every time old thoughts of unforgiveness pop into your head. It's a question of your will deciding to forgive, and forgive and forgive. Ask yourself if you have really forgiven them? Ask God to help you with those difficult memories, and decide to make peace with them until you feel the Holy Spirit doing its work in your heart. b) Release poisoned relationships - if you break free of a situation, keep a watch for people trying to drag you back. They may not even realise they're doing it, but it'll block your moving on. c) Don't be discouraged that it's not instantly fixed - Just as your salvation was immediate but you have to walk out your sanctification, so the release of your forgiveness is immediate but you have to walk out your healing. e) Living free from the burden of resentment and the toxicity of unforgiveness is a choice followed by a series of choices. It's a step-by-step thing, but with every step, it gets easier, and your feet get lighter.
Finally, 'It is for freedom that Christ has set us free...' (Galatians 5:1 NIV). When you free someone or something that's been a burden on you, the freedom you receive from Him for yourself overflows.
So what now? Let's get practical: have you been hurt? Take whatever situation springs to mind and use these tips to walk out your release.
SoulFood: Exo 12:1-14, 1 Cor 11:23-29, Ps 69:7-21, Deut 21:22-23 (Passover)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd