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Colossians 3:13: "Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." When people hurt us, it can be easy to harbor anger or bitterness toward them. We can get so caught up in our own feelings that we forget that these people are only human, just like us. But when we sinned against Christ, He loved us enough to die for us. In the same way, we are called to forgive those who do wrong to us. Once we rise past our grudges, we can move on to greater spiritual maturity.
Write down some names of individuals you need to extend forgiveness to.
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Acknowledge the pain. Sometimes it's hard to admit you've been hurt because doing so intensifies the feelings. But you won't be able to work through the pain until you recognize you're hurting. Tears are a pretty good indicator that something's wrong. So are feelings of resentment.
Think through the pain. Be honest about how you feel, even if you think you shouldn't feel that way. Admit that you don't like what happened or how you were treated and that it makes you sad or angry. Try writing these feelings in a journal or sharing them with a trusted Christian friend.
Continue to extend forgiveness. If the wound were deep, you'd probably have to forgive more than once. When memories of the wrong come to mind, and you find yourself getting worked up over it, immediately go to God in prayer.
Pray for the one who hurt you. Restoring a relationship with your offender may be impossible. For example, you don't know where the person lives or contacting this person could be a safety risk. But you can pray for the one who hurt you. Ask God to reveal his love to your offender. Doing so will help you to release any remaining resentment.
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