When Faced with the Unforgivable
When a friend, a family member, or even a stranger does something that seems unforgivable, what is your knee-jerk reaction?
Cut them out of your life? Give them the silent treatment? Hurt them back? Verbally attack them? Gossip about them to others? Add them to your list of People Who Have Wronged You?
Do you forgive them in name only but secretly still hold a grudge?
I've been there. Once upon a time, my mental list of grievances held against others was a mile long.
Self-protection is human nature, and most of us believe that by forgiving the unforgivable, we are giving that person a free pass to continue hurting us.
Not true. Forgiveness in no way excuses bad behavior. It simply releases you from the burden and misery of carrying hurts that are not meant to be carried.
Forgiveness = freedom.
It's time to unburden yourself. Lay the baggage down. Light it on fire and walk away.
Think about it this way. Think about all the ways you yourself have hurt others with your words and actions. Really think about it.
God has forgiven all of it, and He expects you to forgive just as freely and completely, just as He forgave you.