October 21, 2020 Rick Warren Devotional : Topic- Don’t Stop with Forgiveness
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:44 (GNT)
Who has hurt you the most in life? Who are you holding a grudge against? What pain are you holding on to because you cannot forgive?
When you hold on to hurt, you’re really only hurting yourself. You need to forgive the person, not because they deserve it but because God has forgiven you, and he expects you to do the same for others. You forgive because you don’t want your pain to turn into bitterness and resentment. Being unforgiving is like drinking poison and hoping it hurts the other person.
Jesus always forgives, but he never stops with just forgiveness. He gives a radical example when he says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 GNT).
It is not enough to just forgive. God wants you to learn to respond to evil with good and bless those who have hurt you. He wants you to pray for their good.
Why would you do that? Because thinking like Jesus is the healthiest, happiest, and most healing way to live.
If you have the mind of the world, you’re only going to live in the pain of past hurt.
When you have the mind of Christ, you are free to forgive and bless. You’re free to move forward with your life, secure in your salvation and hope for the future.