Scripture: Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Devotional: Deal with unresolved hurts- Unresolved hurts are the bricks that build the wall that separates us from one another. Letting those hurts build up over the years eventually can bring a couple to complete isolation and estrangement from one another, and is often at the heart of “unreconcilable” differences.
Today’s Scripture reveals to us the remedy for these unresolved hurts: forgiveness. It’s making a decision that you will be unoffendable.
According to Brant Hansen in his book, Unoffendable,“whenever there’s an injury to a relationship, a hurt, a broken heart, or even a broken thing, and you are willing to forgive, you are saying, ‘I got this. I’m going to pick up the bill for this.’ This is, of course, precisely what God has done for us.”
But in our stubborn hearts, we don’t want to pick up the bill. We want someone else to pay.
As followers of Christ, we must realize that forgiveness is our calling. We have been forgiven, and we have been given the power to forgive. But that power doesn’t come from ourselves, it comes from God.
If you’re struggling with unresolved hurts and the inability to forgive, it’s time to approach and yield to the One who gave Himself completely and wholly for you. He can and will give you the strength to forgive, if you will let Him.
- What unresolved hurts are you holding onto? Make a complete list and be vigorously honest with yourself.
- Commit this list to daily prayer until you can let go of every single hurt.
- Memorize Ephesians 4:32 and repeat it to yourself often.