As you think about someone who has hurt you, ask God to replace your desire for revenge with his love, and soon you’ll be forgiving what you can’t forget.
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If you’ve spent any time around people, then some of them will have hurt you. The only way you can avoid getting hurt is to live the life of a hermit. Even then you’d probably hurt yourself!
Many of us hold on to these hurts. Soon those hurts can turn into bitterness and resentment. Suddenly, you can find no way of forgiving what you can’t forget. It can wreck your whole life.
Joseph of Egypt Could Have Become Bitter and Resentful
It would have been no surprise if this had happened to Joseph of Egypt. His brothers had beaten him up, sold him to some passing slave traders, and then covered up their crime by telling his father that he had been killed by wild animals. It would have been natural if this had left Joseph feeling hatred towards his brothers. I am sure he never forgot what they had done to him.
Joseph’s Example of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget
But in a marvellous example of forgiving what you can’t forget, when ten years or so later, Joseph comes face-to-face with his brothers, he chooses to forgive them. His forgiveness kept his bitterness and resentment at bay.
God Can Help You Forgive and Forget
You may have been hurt badly. You may have a hard time forgiving what you can’t forget. You may think it’s impossible. Maybe it is, in your own strength. But just as God gave Joseph the power to forgive his brothers, he can give you that same power to let go of your bitterness and resentment.
Ask God to help you replace your desire for revenge with his love, and soon you’ll be forgiving what you can’t forget. As you do so, you will find God’s love sets you free from your deep hurts.
Think It Over
- When have you experienced the freedom that comes from forgiving what you can’t forget?
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This Week’s Battle Drill Devotionals
- Monday 21 August – God’s Beautiful Gift Of Grace: Does God Forgive All Sins?
- Tuesday 22 August – Forgive Us Our Trespasses: This Is What Amazing Forgiving People Can Ask
- Wednesday 23 August – Punish or Pardon? How To Forgive Someone Who Hurt You
- Thursday 24 August – I Forgive You: The Most Daring Words People Say
- Friday 25 August – The Truth About Forgiving What You Can’t Forget Right Now
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