Followers of Jesus should live different from those who are following the cultural norms. One way this is present is how a person who follows Jesus responds to hurt. Last night, during our Ephesians Bible study, we talked about forgiveness and how we move towards forgiving those who caused pain.
The simple truth is this, Jesus expects his followers to forgive, just as we have been forgiven. Jesus even includes this in his example for prayer in Matthew 6:12. However, there is another simple truth, you are hurt because someone hurt you. Yet, this truth doesn't negate Jesus' expectation for you and I to forgive.
CAUTION: While reading these first two paragraphs, if your mind went to a specific person or situation...This may be a painful area that Jesus is ready to help you walk through. Yes, Jesus goes with you in your obedience. Why? Because if he doesn't you won't do it. The hurt is real. The only way you will be obedient is because Jesus is helping you to do so. It's really, really hard to forgive.
But we do. Why? Because Jesus did and we, as his followers, are called to live like Jesus...even when we don't want to. Remember what Jesus said on the cross? "Father, forgive them..." In his greatest pain, Jesus chose to forgive.
Wow! - Brag on God, thanking him for forgiving you. In Christ you have been forgiven!
Now... - Tell God about your hurts. He cares for you. Ask God to speak to you through his scripture as you process the grace of forgiveness.
How? - Stop talking and start listening as you hear from God by his Holy Spirit and his Word.
Today, focus on the Lord's prayer found in Matthew chapter 6.
What is God saying to you?
What will you do about it?