Do you have any wounds that still sting when you think about them? If you do then chances are that you probably have not forgiven the person who caused that pain. Maybe you thought you forgave them but every time you think about it your heart begins to burn within you.
My dear friend, are you sure that you have completely forgiven?
Or are you harboring resentment? Do you go over every detail of that offense repeatedly in your head?
If you find yourself constantly wrestling back and forth between believing you have moved on and then feeling that hurt again. You have not forgiven.
Maybe you are aware that you have not forgiven, and you have no intentions of forgiving because you are tired of getting hurt. Maybe you don’t feel like that individual deserves to be forgiven.
But we all fall short of God’s grace. None of us are worthy of forgiveness. Forgiveness has no limits.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”-Romans 3:23
Forgiveness releases you from being bound to the past. It allows you to move on and not live captive to those painful memories. We don’t forget what was done to us, but we can use those hurts as an opportunity to grow and help others.
I pray that you may find a quiet place where you can be alone with God and truly allow God to heal you. But first, you must start with forgiveness in order to be healed. Healing does not come before forgiveness. It takes facing and acknowledging the hurt to move past it.