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To live as Christ means to love as Christ.
You know the old saying that says, “Keep walking on somebody, and one day they won’t be there.” Well it is quite true.
In Matthew 6:14 it talks about how we must forgive to be forgiven. But let me elaborate on forgiveness. When Christ says to forgive, he means to let go of all ill feelings. That means hate, anger, resentment, jealousy, you get what I’m saying here. Let it all go.
Lately I’ve been battling with anger and hate towards a few people who have honestly done me very wrong, and here’s the conclusion I’ve got.
We as humans battle with the whole forgiveness thing. How much is too much, and how much is too little. We must forgive to be forgiven as it says, but how far does this concept go?
All of us battle with trust at one time or another in our lives. Are the apologies sincere? I’ve found that it is honestly easier to get over something when someone doesn’t apologize. Because then you can just conclude with a, “God let me heal, and you handle them” sorta thing. But the tough one is when they do apologize. What do you do then?
When Christ told us to live as him, he meant it. It wasn’t an option or even a thought. It was an order.
I’m a soft hearted person. I love people to the ends of the earth, even when they walk all over me. Then I run back to them at the first apology and do it all over again. It’s a vicious cycle, and in the end I always get burned.
For the past 2 to 3 months I’ve been doing some soul searching. I’m tired of being walked on and in the end just being used, abused, and thrown away. I’ve made a promise to myself and God to stop that now.
Where did that leave me? Questioning where the line of forgiveness was. I know the Lord doesn’t want us to forgive to just be hurt again. That’s not his master plan.
Where I am is here. To forgive means like I said above, to let go of all ill feelings. Go to your brother. Apologize if you did something wrong or even if you didn’t. And leave it like that. Be the bigger person. Once you’ve done that, it’s up to them to what they do. Not you. If they apologize back, then fine. If they shoot you a bird and cuss you out, then fine.
Jesus never said you had to go back to the relationship you once had. He never said you had to open yourself up to be hurt again. All he said was forgive and move on.
Once you forgive. Move on. Just live your life. If God wants them in your life then he’ll put them there. So don’t subject yourself to be hurt again.
“Just live your life, Hey. There’s no telling where it will take ya. Just live your life, oh.”