One of the things I have struggled with is letting go when someone does me wrong, not just a small slight, but when they have really done me wrong.
Instead of doing what Jesus said, and forgiving, I find myself staring at the offense, analyzing it, wondering how in the world, and why?
And sometimes, I find myself stuck there.
Or else, I find myself wondering what God is going to do about it? That person really did me wrong. It looks like they’re getting away with it. “God what are you going to do?”
And I find myself stuck again, not forgiving like He told me to, but analyzing, wondering, trying to put it all together and figure it out.
I have to stop myself from going down that rabbit trail, and put my eyes back on Jesus.
I don’t have to figure it out.
He already knows.
I don’t have to analyze.
He’s already got a plan.
And I don’t have to worry about what He’s going to do with them.
I need to look at what He told me to do.
So many times my husband and I have had conversations about these very things, and he reminds me again and again, “Don’t worry about it.”
And my answer is usually something like, “Yes, but, I want to know!”
But Guess what?
I don’t need to know.
I need to forgive.
I need to release the situation into my heavenly Father’s hands.
And I need to ask Him to help me move on.
I know that when I get stuck in analyzing, or looking at an offense too long, bitterness overtakes my soul. I become angry and hurt. Sometimes hatred can set in. It’s the same trap of the enemy every time, he wants us stuck in the quicksand of offense, unable to move forward.
But there is a way out.
Every time that offense or situation comes to mind, pray this prayer. It might not seem like it’s doing much at first, but when you’ve prayed it for a while, over and over, a releasing begins to happen.
Lord Jesus, I release this battle into your hands. You already know why, and I give that to you. You have a plan for them, and I release them into your hands. I give it to you Jesus, and I choose to obey your word. Help me to let go and move on. In Jesus name, Amen
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