Daily Delight

Monday, February 12, 2018

There’s a popular phrase: "Forgive, but never forget." While I can easily never forget those who have hurt me or the feelings they evoked inside of myself, I find forgiving them much more difficult. Throughout my childhood and early adolescent years, I was a victim of bullying, which took a huge, negative toll on my life. It hasn’t been until recently that I’ve found myself finding understanding and peace with these experiences through the power of scripture. 

In the Bible, we find several stories where forgiveness was given, even if undeserved. In Genesis, we see brothers Jacob and Esau in opposition with one another. Yet even after Jacob's deception and trickery, Esau found a way to forgive him and his past. In Luke 15, we read the story of the prodigal son. Despite the sons rebellious behavior, his father welcomed him with open arms back into the family. 

While there are countless other examples, the most important story of forgiveness is the one we have with Jesus Christ. As He was dying on the cross these words were spoken, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34, NIV). Even after a wrongful death, brutal physical punishment and being nailed to a cross, Jesus still forgave. 

Today, we don’t deserve forgiveness, but we are still given it through our Savior's grace and His blood that was shed. Should you ask me right now if I have forgiven those who hurt me in the past, I have to be honest and say "Not yet." However, the Spirit continues to work in me daily, and I remind myself of Ephesians 4:32 (featured in graphic above) .

 While it may seem impossible at the time, there is hope for those who are left with bitterness and anger toward others. In my particular situation, the obstacles I faced only made me a stronger person today. A pastor I know used to always say, "Hurting people, hurt people." These words not only make us look at others in a different light but should also encourage us to pray for our enemies—for they are most likely dealing with hurt of their own. We all sin, and we all need forgiveness. 

{photo: @bekahkay}

About the Author

Randa Young

Randa is 26 years old and grew up in the small town of Corbin, KY. She currently resides in Bowling Green, KY with her husband of 4 years. She works as an Office Admissions Associate at her alma mater, Western Kentucky University. In her free time, you can find her at a concert or country music festival. She also enjoys traveling with her family and has a love for fashion.

Amazed at how God has continuously pursued her throughout her life, she has been drawn to learn more about Christ and share her story with others. Since her recent struggle with infertility, she believes by submitting to God’s control and trusting in His plan, our hearts can find peace. Randa’s desire is to help people find comfort and encouragement through her writing while becoming passionate about the love of Jesus.


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