The Gift of Forgiveness

The Gift of Forgiveness

The DaySpring Hope & Encouragement Bible amplifies twelve indisputable truths about who you are in Christ such as you are known, you are blessed, and you have a reason for hope. These truths equip you to recognize and embrace your treasured place in God’s heart. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to face any challenge, step into your toughest calling, and live the adventure God has for you.

This devotional, taken from the DaySpring Hope and Encouragement Bible,  helps you to lean into the understanding that “You Are Forgiven” and how to let that truth saturate your life and response to others.

Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22, NLT

Hurt feelings are the worst. No matter how they happen, whether intentionally caused or not, we feel vulnerable in those moments when our hearts are exposed. When someone touches a “hot button,” we have to deal with whatever it brings up. We may shift into defensive mode: How could he do that to me? I’ll never trust him again! Or “self-critical” mode: I’m too sensitive. . . . When will I stop being so dramatic? Or even “vengeful” mode: I’ll make sure she knows what she did—she’ll reap what she’s sown!

No matter how it hits us, we do have a choice about how to move on. First, giving ourselves the space to feel is so important! We can allow those hurt feelings to flow without hurting another person. If we take a moment, take a breath, and take them to the Lord, we can be mindful of his Spirit within us—never criticizing or condemning and always comforting, healing, and loving us through it all. That’s our first step toward the freedom of forgiveness. Whether or not an apology has happened (or ever will), we’re always invited to give that gift of forgiveness. We’ve surely received it ourselves, and the more we practice giving it, the freer we will be.

by Shanna Noel and Paige Deruyscher, 100 Days of Prayer

Lord, thank you for being my rock. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me and to stand in your love always. In Jesus’ name, amen.