Mama, forgiveness = freedom.
Here’s the deal—we're spiritual beings living in flesh suits in a fallen world. We've all been hurt by people. Truthfully, we've probably hurt or betrayed someone else knowingly or unknowingly.
Loving people, especially those close to us, is not always easy.
Wikipedia defines Betrayal as the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations, or between individuals and organizations.
We're commanded to love others per the scripture below as we love ourselves. This means the easy AND hard to love. Yes, even the ones who have hurt us.
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
WALKING out your journey with God requires a humbled heart. Jesus didn’t say it would be easy but did say worth it. Please tell me I’m not alone. I don't know about you, but I've had to work at loving people who have betrayed me. It isn't easy. I've had to learn how to forgive, release and bless those who caused me pain.
Why should you forgive? Forgiveness = FREEDOM.
How do you forgive? God forgave me first and the Bible says if I forgive I will be forgiven, but if I don't forgive, I won't be forgiven. Yikes. This means you too.
"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions."
God brings people into our lives for different reasons (encourage, support, refine, teach, share, laugh, commune, learn, etc). Some relationships last a lifetime and others a season.
There’s always a lesson if you have the courage to ASK what Jesus wants you to know.
If you’ve been betrayed sit still and listen. It’s not about what’s wrong with others, it’s what Jesus wants to reveal in you so your steps are in sync with His. Let Jesus shows you what HE sees and knows while remembering He loves them just as much as He loves you.
If you surrender what you think you know (hint: lay down pride), God will remove the lies you’re believing and replace them with truth. Don't let betrayal harden your heart.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Appreciate the relationships you have, forgive those who have betrayed you (it’s not them anyway) with love, and welcome those who step into your life.
Free people free people.
Hurt people hurt people.
Healed people heal people.
Let me know which of the three verses resonates the most with you. Matthew 6:14-15 is my daily reminder to help me keep my heart pure and free from offense or bitterness.
If you need to forgive someone that has betrayed you ask Holy Spirit to help you. Remember, forgiveness results in freedom. If you have a question about freedom, forgiveness, healing, or deliverance, please message me. I want to hear from you.
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