Forgiving each other, … just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you Col. 3:13
Last week, I wrote about the close connection between forgiveness and healing. We also looked at how we dwell on our wounds and nurse grudges and develop bitterness towards those who have hurt us. As a result of unforgiveness and bitterness, we become sick physically, which affect us in so many ways.
But more than the physical illness are the consequences to the emotional and relational area of our life due to unforgiveness. Let’s look at how the emotional area of our life suffers as a result of unforgiveness.
FORGIVENESS AND OUR EMOTIONAL HEALING:
Forgiveness is difficult when we’ve been hurt badly. The last thing we want to do may be to forgive. The wounds are so deep that the thought and bitterness of the hurt resurface in our minds very frequently. Deep hurts leave deep scars and we keep the memory of such hurts alive by nursing them so fondly.
We need to recognize that the offense and the following hurt has bound us. We become imprisoned in our own unforgiveness. The question is how to be healed in our emotional area?
Forgiveness is not simply forgetting. Deep wounds require serious treatment. Because of the seriousness of the hurt, forgiveness needs to occur. God alone rights the wrongs. The stream of forgiveness and love flows from Christ Himself because it is His nature and character. The more He suffered at the hands of the tormentors, the more He had to forgive.
The key to forgiveness is to understand how much we have been forgiven by the Lord. In comparison of the forgiveness that we received, how little is the hurt that we have?
The Bible says, ‘By His wounds we are healed’. We have the hope in the forgiveness Jesus invites us to. He invites us the healing of our emotional wounds by walking on the path of forgiveness.
May the Lord bless all of us to walk this path of forgiveness to be healed emotionally and live spiritually healthy lives!