“I love you”… Three small words that can make or break you.
“I forgive you”… Three small words that can make or break you!
We as ordinary humans says: “I love you” so easily, sometimes we mean it out of our heart, other times it is used to get what we want. How do we love others? Do we love them with Jesus love?
Luke 10 – 25: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’[d]”
How do we love with our whole heart, our whole soul and strength, and above all with our whole mind? I personally think our problem lies with loving with the whole mind. Our battlefield is our brains versus our hearts and soul. We know living with unforgiveness will destroy us. Not loving and trusting our Maker hundred percent leaves a gap for satan to enter into our minds, to plant seeds of doubt and maybe…revenge?
When we have been hurt, we ponder on it and our minds toil and toil and we get stuck, and the emotions (mind) starts to rule our whole life. I respect and understand being hurt by others or by life in the sense of losing someone you loved will let your mind reel at the sheer emotion of pain. We, however, do not heed to Jesus instruction of loving Him with our whole heart, soul and mind!
When we truly, really truly love Him the way we should, we would be quick to forgive. True forgiveness means not just uttering the words; it means to forget the hurt and injustice done to you and to let go as if it never happened…
The root of “forgive” is the Latin word “perdonare,” meaning “to give completely, without reservation.” Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness!
If Jesus, when He hung upon the cross had it in Himself to say: Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing”, who are we to live on a daily basis with hatred and unforgiveness? I know immediately you will think …but He was God? But so do we have the Holy Spirit in us to be able to do the same.
However, our minds are the problem. But what about me, what about my hurts? My dear friends, life is not about Me… or You! It must be about Him.
God sets the example for us by forgiving us our sins, how can we not forgive and forget with others, even if they do not deserve it. Your feelings and hurt in your mind does not mean anything or do anything in the responsible person’s life, they go on and usually are not aware of what haunts and destroy you.
Jesus made us a promise: John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another (allos) Comforter (parakletos), that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”
My sincere prayer is that we will let go! You will ask: But how? By loving with your whole mind, body and soul, and letting the Comforter help you to overcome. Trust Him and His promises that we will not be left comfortless.