Summary: How do I forgive? What does God say about forgiveness? How long will it take for me to forgive?
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I have felt a growing conviction that I had to share this with you.
I feel as though there is something that God wants to deal with in several people… he wants you to break through to the next level, but he has to take you past this big barrier in your life.
That barrier is Bitterness & Unforgiveness.
Let me take a little survey: How many of you have had conflict with members of your family?
Families are wonderful. . . but they can really be a pain to live with. Words get said, people get hurt and before you know it, you feel like the comedian who said:
“Who can ever forget Winston Churchill's immortal words: "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills." It sounds exactly like our family vacation.” (Robert Orben)
Even when really do love the other person, we try to show it in a way that they don’t understand, and people get hurt:
“To prove his love for her, he swam the deepest river, crossed the widest desert and climbed the highest mountain. She divorced him. He was never home.” (Rose Sands, The Saturday Evening Post. )
If you’re a teen here, you might know how this guys feels:
How to Overcome Past Hurts in Your Family
There’s not a single one of us here that has not been hurt at sometime by someone in our family. It might be something very small:
- You were the brunt of a family joke.
- You were criticized.
It might be something from the past:
- You’ve been made to feel inferior your whole life.
- Your parents were abusive.
- Your parents loved their drugs more than they loved you.
It might be something from the present:
- He can’t let you be right.
- She can’t let you forget.
- He won’t take responsibility.
- He stays out late, forsaking his family.
- She spends without thinking of everyone else.
It might be something very serious:
- One partner had an affair.
- One family member has been abusive.
It seems like with all the blended family relationships these days (divorces, remarriages, stepchildren, his/hers/ours children) that there’s even more opportunity for hurt and bitterness!
Here’s the statement you’ve got to remember:
The only way to get over past hurts is to forgive.