Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and feelings were hurt in the misunderstanding? Or perhaps a friend didn't act very friendly? Relationships are with imperfect people and still we hope and want them to act in a perfect manner. And the Lord knows sometimes people are just downright mean, gossipy, and unforgiving. Ouch!
We can’t change how another person acts or reacts, but we have a choice how we act and react. We have a choice whether we will run to God or sit and stew in our hurt. We have a choice in how we will move forward. We have a choice in taking the situation (and people) to God and trusting He will do what is best and right for all concerned.
Remember God loves His children and wants the best for them — that includes the person you are having difficulties with, the person you don’t like, and/or the person who you don’t want to forgive, or who won’t forgive you.
God wants the best for you, and He also wants their best. Regardless of the failure of others, we can pray for God’s best for them because God’s best is the best for us all. And when we bless others, the blessings bounce right back.
Keep your focus on God, trust His unfailing love, and trust that His best is the bestest for us all!
Trust God. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God will show you what is best. (Isaiah 48:17)
Bless those who persecute you. (Romans 12:14)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving, just as Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Forgive and you will be forgiven. (Matthew 6:14)
Remember you’ll be judged like you judged. (Matthew 7:2)
Love one another. (John 13:34-35)
Don’t become weary in doing good and don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Pursue the things which make for peace and build up one another. (Romans 14:19)
Encourage one another. (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Pray for one another. (James 5:16)
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” ~ 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NASB)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)