Maybe someone swindled you, left you, or injured you and you are still paying off the debt, recovering from injuries, or suffering the consequences of another’s choices. The temptation to feel the sting of offense will be present each time you are forced to live out the repercussions of the wrongs of another.
When we are confronted by these consequences, it can reawaken the deep ache that will be present if we have not fully forgiven them. Deciding to forgive may be the most difficult part of the process and may take multiple tries to stick. This is especially true if the offender is someone close to us or another believer. David laments the heartache that can come from close-knit treachery in Psalm 55:12-14: “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”
Reminders, consequences, and memories can be used by Satan to establish a foothold of bitterness. In those moments, we must choose, yet again, to love as Christ loves, to take the thoughts captive, and choose not to dwell in the pain. In those moments, we must remind ourselves, “I can forgive, because I am forgiven.”
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