In life, there are going to be times when you will be betrayed. You will see them smile in your face and it will seem like they are for you. Then, when you are not looking, you will feel the cut deep in your back.
Forgiveness is not for the other person. Forgiveness is for you. I'm sure you have heard that many times before. I have learned time and time again how to forgive those who have hurt me deeply. There are times when the hurt has been so bad, that it has taken me a while. No matter how long it takes, do your best to forgive. Your healing, your peace, your strength will be based on how much you forgive.
Remember, hurt people hurt people. Pray for those who have hurt you. Most times they are lost and looking for a way out. So, for their suffering, they hurt you too. Miserable people look to see that others are also miserable. Don't take it personal. Know that they need help. They need prayer. Most people have turned their backs on them. So, technically, it's going to take those who they have created as their enemy, to pray them through.
Praying for your enemy or those who have betrayed you is not easy. It is quite difficult. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus, it is encouraged by Him to forgive. Use the Word of God to help you through the hurt and pain of betrayal. Some things only come through fasting and praying (Mark 9:29).
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14).
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13).
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Every time you think about how bad it hurts, every time you feel the churn in your chest, every time you think about how mad they have made you feel. Remember that they are hurting. Forgive. Be kind. Be compassionate. Just as they have hurt you, you have hurt someone else. Work hard to forgive, just as you want to be forgiven.
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