When people mistreat you, it’s normal to feel hurt and even angry. It’s hard to think of forgiving when you are still stewing in the hurt and anger from mistreatment. Forgiveness in not a feeling it’s a thoughtful decision. It’s a decision that releases you to recover your inner harmony or cool and calm. When you make the decision to forgive, pray for those who have mistreated you and treat them with kindness, this is what God’s word admonishes us to do. Eventually, God will cause your feelings to catch up with your decision to forgive.
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry — but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. -Ephesians 4:26 (MSB)
Pastor Keith Thompson