Below is a quote from Joyce Meyer, a wonderful woman of God who has many things to share. She has recovered from abuse and personally knows the role that forgiveness plays in that recovery. If you have trouble forgiving, ask God for help. I did, and He engineered a situation where I found it impossible not to forgive my abuser. I had the blessing of praying her home at the end of her life.
Forgiveness is a gift we give, releasing the person who hurt us from the bondage of owing us something that only God can truly give. But we also give this gift to ourselves when we release the weight of holding on to an offense. That’s a really heavy burden, especially when the other person is going on with their life and may not even know-or care-what you’re feeling. Remember, our unforgiveness hurts us more than it does anyone else.
Let’s pray: Father God, I am stuck in unforgiveness and need Your help to be set free. I am like the desperate father who wanted his son healed by Christ and responded to Christ’s question if he believed He could heal. The father said, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief”. In the same way, I want to forgive and I may even be able to do so partially, but I need Your help to forgive completely. Help me to give the situation into Your hand to resolve as You see fit according to Your will and timing. Thanks for helping me break free so that I can move forward in spiritual newness of life to be and do what You have for me to be and do. May Your granting me the gift of forgiveness contribute greatly to my becoming emotionally and spiritually whole. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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