From the archives of Evelyn Roberts
Forgiving others can be so difficult, especially when you try to do it on your own. But the Bible says, You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13 NLT).
I admit that there have been times in my life when I’ve felt bitterness toward people. When you’ve been hurt, it’s a natural emotion that can rise up inside you before you even realize it. It’s important to remember that God is not the author of feelings such as bitterness and hate―the devil is.
I’ve had to ask the Lord to forgive me when I’ve held offenses against people. One time somebody did something to one of my children, and whenever that person’s name was mentioned in my presence, I’d feel sick to my stomach. I had to pray for two solid years before I got the bitterness I held against that person out of my heart. Forgiveness is not magic. I had to work at it. But one day, I realized that the bitterness was gone.
I didn’t do it myself. The process of forgiveness… releasing those who have hurt and wronged you… is a supernatural act of God. Let’s pray together and ask God, with His supernatural power, to help you release any unforgiveness you may be holding in your heart:
Lord, forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me. I repent for the bitterness and unforgiveness I feel in my heart. I ask You, Father, to take over right now and do what I cannot do alone. Help me release any unforgiveness I may be holding inside. In Jesus’ name. Amen