It’s Not the Snakebite
Imagine you are outside doing yard work and suddenly, a snake appears next to you and bites your ankle. The snake bites you and slithers away to enjoy the rest of its life. Now you are left hurt. Whether or not you decide to get treated, it’s not the snake that could possibly kill you, it’s the venom that the snake injected into your body. Hurt is the exact same way. If someone betrays you or hurts you, they do their damage and go on to live their lives. It’s up to you to get the venom out of your system. To get the venom out we must forgive. Although the person is the one who caused the hurt, they aren’t the ones who are making us bitter and mean. What’s making us bitter and mean is the fact that the hurt is still in us and we haven’t forgiven them. To get over hurt we must acknowledge the hurt, forgive the person for their actions, give it to God, and move on. Like the scripture below says, we must forgive one another as the Lord forgave us. Even if someone hurt you and didn’t apologize, forgive them anyway. Don’t die on the inside and become bitter and mean because you’re too stubborn to forgive someone. This week I challenge everyone to take the time out to inventory your life. If there is someone you need to forgive, then do it. Don’t keep the venom in your body.
13 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 New International Version (NIV)