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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Offended and cannot not forgive

Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he shall hear you, you have gained a brother. Matt. 18:15-16

I have been offended. My ego bruised. That gnawing feeling of vengeance overcomes the mental psychic. Telling the villain how I really felt would be satisfaction.  The transgression when not addressed severs friendships. At some stage in life friends, family or strangers have offended us in word, action, or deed. How do you deal with it?

Forgiveness taught from a child

Kai Leigh Harriott was a happy six years old. Her eyes sparkle with joy and her smile could light up a room. Now, Kai Leigh Harriott is paralyzed. Hit by a stray bullet she will never walk again. This soft spoken courageous little girl faced her culprit.  Watch the video below and listen to her statement  “What you did to me was wrong but I forgive you.”

If faced with a horrific ordeal how would you react? Would your spirit be filled with bitterness, and anger?  Or would you act like a child and learn how to forgive?  
Limitless forgiveness
Peter asked Jesus should we forgive someone seven times when they sinned against us… I say not  seven times but seventy times seven Matt. 18:21-22. When people are offended they feel pain and frustration. Forgiveness is lost in the mind’s abyss.  
It is incomprehensible to envision forgiving a person four hundred and ninety times. God, it is a bit much to ask us to demonstrate unlimited forgiveness! No matter how appalling, His desire is for us to forgive.
Jesus was angry
Let us be reminded Jesus did nothing wrong. Yet he was crucified, beaten, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross, and pierced in his side. Jesus had every right to be angry as he hung on that cross.  But, before he died Jesus said Forgive them Father for they know not what they do Luke 23: 32-34. 
Choose to forgive
The initial steps toward forgiveness are the most difficult. People await an opportunity for the “Big Pay Back” get even or seek revenge oppose to having a will to forgive. What is there to gain? Satisfaction of getting someone told?  Next time when you have been offended consider little Kai Leigh Harriott and Jesus both had a right to be angry but they chose to forgive.
Prayer of forgiveness
If you are having a difficult time forgiving someone repeat this prayer. 
Father in the name of Jesus I have sinned against your word because I have not forgave people who offended me. Holy Spirit I seek your strength. Enable me to forgive those who have transgressed against me. Lord, today I forgive (Insert a person’s name). In the name of Jesus I ask that you restore Love in our hearts. Lord I ask that they have a forgiving heart and will power to forgive those who transgressed against them. These and all things will be granted and restored in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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