God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you. Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15
When I read this, I realized that if more Christians would make this their goal, there would be less hate, less hurt feelings, less bitterness and less strife. Forgive, love and always be thankful. When there is sickness in a body, it’s because we’ve allowed things in that our immune system is unable to fight off. Pretty soon, it takes over and we need assistance getting on top of it and feeling well again.
If you focus on the hurt, talk about it, rehearse it, you become a contagious, infectious wound that will take some scraping, flushing and medicating to get well again. But if you show mercy, are kind, humble, gentle and patient. If you stop being angry and forgive, repeatably just as God forgave you, you become a healer instead of someone who needs healing. It’s the way God made us you know. It’s far more blessed to give than to receive.
You say, “It would be so much easier to just get away from the hurt!” and you’re right, it would be. But that’s not what this is about. It’s about you learning to love beyond your ability to love. It’s about you learning to forgive beyond your ability to forgive. It’s allowing the love of God to free flow through you and not be hung up on stuff that’s stuck inside of you. Let it go! Live a life of love, Gods love. Don’t get stuck where you are. There are people out there who need what’s inside of you. Let it go so you can love again.
Ever Letting Go,