Love is Patient, Love is Kind. Love does not envy or boast. It is not rude or selfish. It does not get angry easily and keeps NO record of wrongs. It does NOT delight in evil and rejoices in truth. It ALWAYS protects and always trusts. Always hopes and always endures.
LOVE NEVER FAILS.
The bible is clear. Loving someone is a choice and an action. And so is forgiveness. I believe that if I truly love someone I need to forgive them. I NEED to forgive. I need to let go. I need to turn the other cheek and pray for the person who hurt me. I need to show them mercy just as God has shown me mercy through Christ. I need to let go.
I need to go against my own heart. I want to feel better by letting them know how much they hurt me. It's all their fault.
But that is not what I am supposed to do. I am supposed to pray, turn the other cheek and forgive.
Forgiveness is not always easy. I may not want to forgive. I may not be ready to forgive. But I need to . I NEED to just forgive them whether I want to or not because that is the right thing to do and that is what I would want them to do for me.
It would be selfish of me to lash out. It would be selfish of me to hurt the other person as much as I have been hurt.
So. Here we go. I forgive you. I'll let it go and pray this burden and hurt be lifted off of my heart because I love you. Because Love is an action and I believe so is forgiveness.
....So God help me because I forgive you. I really do.