In my rereading Chapter Eight of the book, it proved personally beneficial. Sometimes when challenged with past relational struggles, it is important to be reminded of the power of forgiveness. The Enemy of our souls likes to often replay in our minds how someone has disappointed and hurt us.
This world is full of ‘people disappointments’ especially from some who say they love us. Actions speak louder than words, and it is rather easy to discern through one’s actions the true heart of the matter. We may discern, yet God judges the heart. He has the final say on all our sins of commission and omission.
Yes people hurt us. Their actions, even as we forgive, often still impair our relationship with them. Forgiveness does not automatically mean we can trust and rely on those people. It means that we choose not to take into account a wrong suffered and bear a grudge just as Christ has done the same for His forgiven children.
Are you having trouble forgiving? Jesus said if we do not forgive others neither will His Heavenly Father forgive us. (Matthew 6:14-15) Look at the scenario through the lens of the bleeding cross of Christ. As He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34); may we in His power do the same. Forgiveness is freeing!