Reposted but relevant

  You ever wonder why it is so easy to give up on people?  How often have you said,  I’m done with that $@!#!@@, or I don’t have no more kickings for them,  or I forgive them but we done,  or have you ever heard this one,  I can love them from a distance. 

God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-13 ERV

Why not forgive them for real the way God forgives you? I know people hurt you,  but hurt people hurt people.  And I know you are not God or Jesus and forgiveness does not come easy but could you try? What could it hurt to offer someone something you expect? When you offer someone an apology don’t you want forgiveness? Or do you say I’m sorry just to be socially acceptable?

Many times people will let you down,  sometimes it is totally by accident,  sometimes they make a decision that negatively affects you but that does not make them a horrible person. Sometimes a person will make a series of bad choices,  it means they are human. 

I’ve been reflecting on how loving each other,  trusting each other and forgiving each other can free you.   I’ve had to forgive people who hurt me because I couldn’t keep all that anger inside of me,  it was damaging my ability to love people who deserved my love.  I forgave them because I have not been perfect and I want God to forgive me.

Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.
Matthew 6:14 ERV

This is a new year,  don’t bring anything negative with you.  Your destiny is waiting,  go forth and accept it with open arms,  don’t limit yourself because you are unforgiving. Love someone on purpose today.

Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
1 Corinthians 13:7 ERV

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