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Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
I want to take some time out today and talk about the power of forgiveness. This scripture is very powerful to me and touches my heart. See, I never met my father until I was in my mid twenties. All I knew of him was what was told to me by my family. My father was extremely abusive to my mother and sisters. He was an alcoholic and did drugs. Since I was little, I had nothing but hate for that man. It was bondage. Whenever I would think of my father, my entire day would be ruined. I was bitter on how he could live a new life and my sisters and I would have to carry this hurt and anger with us our lives. But as I got older, like this verse tells us, I forgave him. As soon as I did that, I cried and felt a weight coming off of me. I forgave him, but he would have to answer to God for what he did. But soon after I forgave him, I found out he was the same person as he was before. Still hitting his wife and hurting my two new younger sisters.
Forgiving someone is a very hard thing to do. Extremely in my case. But, through my forgiveness, I know I made God happy. Forgiving someone does not mean you still have to be around them or even have a relationship with them. Forgiveness is about giving it to God and walking forward with your head up high. If any of you have any bitterness, hate in your heart, or have been deeply hurt. Please give it to God. Forgiving and walking away feels so much better than holding it in. Will it still hurt, yes at times. But the feeling of accomplishment will slowly fill that void. Knowing God is handling that for you. God bless you all and have a wonderful day.