I can admit I struggle with forgiving myself and others at times. We've all committed a sin in a continuous cycle, been hurt, lied to, been disappointed, talked about, misunderstood or kicked when down. You may be able to remember a time when you've done these things to others.
So, how can we be more like Christ? How can we be more forgiving and kind to ourselves and others?
First, we can pray for and take on the fruits of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Start letting go of unforgiveness by forgiving, not just moving on but actually forgiving yourself and others.
Whatever took root in you years ago, months ago, a week ago, or even to the present day that is causing you to hoard unforgiveness has to go.
Forgiveness can take time and can be challenging, but God will see your effort today if it's genuine. Take it one day at a time.
Let's examine ourselves in the light of truth and reflect on how we think, speak and what we do. May God be with you and be blessed.
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." – Matthew 6:14
Written by Paris Nichols, admin specialist for Buckner Children and Family Services in Houston.