Forgiving Those Who Hurt You?

Sisters, come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Forgiving those who hurt  you.

If you were to ask me the question, of course, I would say yes; however, I think it would really depend on the situation. The word reminds us that Forgiveness is important to the Lord. We please the Lord when we forgive because it shows that we are obedient. The word says:

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

Philippians 1:6
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (NLT)

Today, I heard an interesting story about forgiveness.

In the state of Delaware, Two girls tricked an elderly lady, Mrs. Smith, who was in her 80's, stole her car and put the lady in the trunk. The reason for these girls action is not clear, is it drugs, alcohol, drug addicted children growing up, lack of discipline or just old fashion generational sin?

The two Delaware girls, ages 14 and 15, were detained on $122,000 cash bonds after being charged with robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy. The girls are being held on $2,000 secured bond.

According to the news, Investigators said Smith’s ordeal began after two girls approached her and asked for a ride. At first Smith said no but she thought that wasn't showing Christian charity.

Smith agreed to give the girls a ride, but when they arrived at a residence, they demanded her car keys, then forced her into the trunk of the car before driving off. They later took more than $500 from her coat pocket. At some point, they picked up two boys and showed them that Smith was in the trunk. After spending almost two days trapped in the trunk, Smith was dropped off at the cemetery.

There is obviously a lack of basic comprehension and there may be some mental issues in these youth but despite her ordeal, Mrs. Smith said she forgive the children despite how they treated her.

When we do forgive, the Lord sets our hearts free from the anger, bitterness, resentment and hurt that previously imprisoned us.

That is so deep.