When The Hurt Is Too Painful To Forgive

 

Too Painful To Forgive
Some hurts are unbelievably hard and painful to forgive.

Some people in our lives have, either intentionally or not, done some unforgivable things to us. And we all have our own unique definition for what we deem unforgivable.

Things we struggle with letting go of. Things that have marred or shaped us in some form or way. Things we would like to gladly hold over their heads for as long as possible.

Due to these reasons, many of us are prone to see those that have hurt us as our enemies. And we are not alone in this as God also has enemies.

The important question is who are the enemies of God and how does He deal with them?

God’s enemies are those that have not been reconciled to Him through faith in Christ. Those that continue to live a life of wickedness and by doing so have made themselves out to be enemies of God.

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life.” (Romans 5:10)

And in spite of their hearts and lives, they continue to receive blessings from God in one way or the other.

“God causes His rain to rain on both the righteous and the wicked, and His sun to shine on both the good and evil.” (Matthew 5:45, emphasis added)

And we are called to be like our Father.

In being like Him, we’ve been called to love those who hate us, pray for those that curse us and do good to those that do not wish us well (Matthew 5:44).

Among the many other things in which I struggle with, being obedient to this particular commandment from God is one. I occasionally struggle with loving my “enemies”. And I’ve also found it excruciatingly hard and painful to forgive some hurts.

But one thing that has helped in this is meditating on the word of God and reminding myself of who I am. Continue reading

A People For Themselves

A People For Themselves
The world says, “Love yourself because that is the only thing that matters.”

Interestingly enough, there is a certain amount of love and care for ourselves in all of us.

The truth is that most of us do not need to be told to love ourselves, it is a natural notion. It is natural and normal for us to love ourselves but the problem stems in us loving ourself a bit too much.

Of course, we would like to believe that we are not a people for ourselves alone, but that is far from the truth.

Outside of Christ, most of our thoughts, cares and worries would revolve only around our present life. We would have no care for those coming after us or even those currently around us. This may not be true for all, but it is the reality for the majority of us.

This terrible truth about who we are does not pertain to our generation alone but also stands true for those that came before us. Continue reading

He Is Well Pleased With Me

Well Pleased
Sometimes I get so insecure by trying to figure out what others think of me.

Other times, the battle is just with me trying to perform for God. Believing in the lie, once again, that His love for me is work-based.

“Oh I shouldn’t have said that. Maybe I should’ve done it this way”. Many times, I find myself feeding on the lies of the enemy. Find myself worrying about insignificant things that I feel I now know the meaning of being ‘worried sick’.

It’s a struggle and a weakness. A joy stealing weakness. Sometimes it takes a while to get a hold on my thoughts, to take these thoughts captive.

But when I finally do, I am reminded of some wonderful truths. Continue reading