Before I pen down anything about forgiveness, I want to say that I have reached no where in this area. I am in the process of learning to forgive and that too on God’s terms. I am thankful to God for all the lessons learned when I went through a period of injustice. Whatever I write is for me to learn and practice first.
When people hurt me, my natural response is to say “I am hurt” and to seek ways to let them know I am hurt by them and that they don’t deserve my love or respect for what they have done. As I read somewhere, we live in a therapeutic society and everything is measured with ” what is been done to me”, “how I was hurt” or “how I have been dealt with”.
God’s ways are totally counter to this. His word holds “me” accountable for my response to whatever sin is done to me. It does not let me go off the hook so easily. Not without teaching me a holy response to sin. Not without making me have the same attitude as that of Christ. And His attitude? “Silent as a sheep to be slaughtered”, “Father, they do not know what they are doing, forgive them.” This was the attitude of Christ when he was unjustly dealt with.
These are some of the scriptures I was using to derive at a godly response.
Above all keep loving one another earnestly,since love covers a multitude of sins.
Hatred stirs up strife but love covers all offenses
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Love is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. Love bears all things, believes all things.
1 Cor 13:5,6