I have to say that 2016 has been an extremely emotional year for me. The political scene in our country has created so much division among friends and family. Passing over 2016 is something to look forward to.
The myriad of emotions I felt this year caused me to act differently towards other people. The animosity on social media has opened my eyes to see how fallen or sinful we all are. Our sin of pride, whether we admit it or not, has caused all of us, including myself, to feel entitled, judgmental, irresponsible, and idolatrous to some extent.
It was difficult to write this year-end post because the negative feelings all rushed back. That is why I had to step away from the computer and take a break. Harboring resentment will not help me as the year comes to a close.
What do I need to pass over this year and how will I do it?
I need to pass over the hurt and insults indirectly thrown at me because I did not support the majority’s choice for president. To truly forgive is to look beyond the offense. Honestly, I have started unclicking the Unfollow button on Facebook and renewing the friendships again. 🙂 Proverbs 17:9 says, “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
I also need to love those who are so difficult to love. Did I raise your eyebrow just now? Sounds impossible right? I don’t mean having mushy towards these challenging people but to show kindness to them even if they are not.
Recently, I know in my heart that the Lord has been reminding me to practice what I preach. If I say I love Him then I should also love those whom he loves. I will often argue with the Lord in prayer justifying that these people are so difficult to love. And they were the ones who hurt me too, why should I love them. Can I just be civil towards them?
“No. Love them as I have loved you.”
The path to forgiveness may not be as simple as saying, “It’s okay. I forgive you.” For some, it may take a while, even years. But as we hold on to grudges and bitterness in our heart, we are the true prisoners of our pain. As we all welcome the new year, may we truly learn to forgive those who have hurt us. May we also recall the hurt we have caused others and be humble to seek their forgiveness. And may the Lord guide us and give us strength to do his will.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Have a hopeful new year everyone!