Day 23: All In
It is so easy to let emotions control who we are as people. The problem is if we let uncontrolled emotions guide us it will eventually guide us to places we don’t want to be. I believe we let the little things that shouldn’t bother us get to us. An all in relationship is one where we are willing to forgive and trust that God knows what he is doing.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT
We have all experienced bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander at some point in our lives. To what degree may be debatable but at some point, we have experienced them. The effects they have on those around us are immeasurable as we don’t always see the lasting results. Many of us have been hurt by someone who has treated us with these traits. It hurts.
As believers, these traits are something we need to strive to remove from our lives. Like a virus on a computer, they will slowly corrupt us causing us to be less effective in our mission. One of the greatest tools that we have been given to share the love of Jesus with those around us is forgiveness. To humble yourself in front of another individual and let them know that you forgive them for whatever event they may have done will show more character than your bitterness and anger.
I believe that until we start forgiving those who hurt us it will be like driving a car with the brake on. Our faith will be less effective slowly destroying our movement. We can’t live life with these people who have hurt us holding us back.
Have you been lied to? Forgive them
Have you been stolen from? Forgive them
Has your sexual innocence been taken from you? Forgive them
Has your spouse cheated on you? Forgive them
Whatever is causing you anger and bitterness work to forgive.
If the person is inaccessible due to death or other circumstances, you can still pray and forgive them using Jesus as a proxy. He knows your heart. But if they are still in your life, I encourage you to ask forgiveness. You aren’t alone, find a fellow believer to help you, stand by you, even join you if needed. You’re not in this alone. It is time to break free from unforgiveness and give into what God has for your life. Work with God to go all in including your emotions.
Jesus, if there is unforgiveness in my life I pray that you reveal it to me. Let me go and to forgive or ask for forgiveness to those who have hurt me, or to those I have hurt. I want to be free to grow in you and I can’t do that with bitterness, anger etc in my life. I want to reach others with the message of your forgiveness and I need to live that in my life. The people in my life that don’t know you matter to you, so they matter to me. Use me to reach them and tell them you love them. I want to go all in within our relationship. Amen