Love, real love, forgives.
Love is strong enough to look past a person’s actions or words and love them for who they really are. We have all experienced pain and heartbreak because of another person’s words or actions. We can allow these situations to scar our hearts and affect us for the rest of our lives. In fact, that’s exactly what the world and the Enemy tells us to do. They say that we should never forgive the person that hurt us. They say we should let the pain of our past be the captain of our future by putting walls up, and living in fear and selfishness.
There is another way, though.
Love forgives. We can see the person in love knowing that who they really are is a child of God. They may have been used by Satan to cause us pain, but that doesn’t make them our enemy.
“Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fade-less under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening],” (1 Corinthians 13:7 Amplified).
When we choose to love that person we can forgive.
We can bear up under their hurtful words or actions. We can believe that God is working in them so they don’t make the same mistake again.
Walking in love stops us from losing hope in all people because of one person’s choices. We don’t need to put up walls around our hearts in order to keep people out. We must continue to hope in God and see people through that hope.
The way we love people should be a reflection of the way we love God.
We love Him because He loved us first. We love people because we know we are perfectly loved by our Father.
If you are struggling with bitterness or unforgiveness, remind yourself that you are loved by God. Knowing that you are loved will cause you to love other people, even if what they’ve done is painful, selfish and inexcusable.
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you,” C.S. Lewis.