Has someone you loved or trusted stabbed you in the back? This universal life experience leaves all reeling and crying for mercy.
How do you forgive someone who has betrayed you? Taken advantage of your love and trust. Impossible you say. Nothing is impossible WITH God!
This morning I was reading the story of Joseph. A young man sold into slavery by his brothers. Later while serving in pharaoh’s court Joseph was falsely accused of attempted rape and thrown into prison. Despite these betrayals— injustice, he forgave the betrayers.
How was Joseph able to do this? He did not allow his heart to become hardened. Filled with hate and revenge. Instead Joseph chose to continue to love others. Wanting the best for them.
Only possible because he allowed God’s love to wash away the filth of betrayal and replace it with His unconditional love. Allowing the betrayers to once again be a part of his life.
Does forgiveness always assure resumption of a relationship? No! Unless the Holy Spirit instructs you to resume the relationship, do not do so. Being someone’s doormat is not love. It is stupidity! Even so, you are to forgive— to wish them no harm— to pray for them. Not always easy but possible. Remember— nothing is impossible WITH God!
Perhaps if us Christians truly loved— valued others. There would be less backstabbing and more loving and authentic relationships with our fellow man. Then Christianity no longer would be known as the religion of hypocrites, but the religion of the one and only true God.
Just a thought…
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!