Easter is fast approaching, and as is the custom, many are preparing for fancy celebrations. This is a good thing! However, as we do this, let’s pause to consider something very important. This celebration exists because of the love of Jesus that is not only willing to forgive, but to also reconcile us to God. It is good that we take this lesson and apply it in our personal relationships and with the people that God has allowed in our lives.
Forgiveness is no easy feat, especially when you’ve been deeply hurt by a particular person over and over again. Memories of you being continually good to this person put you in a position where you feel humiliated and taken for granted, and you wonder if you should permanently cut them off. Whether you choose to do so or not, it is imperative to acknowledge that true progress begins with you forgiving so that you can move on in a positive direction. It may seem unfair to extend forgiveness, but it is wise to trust God’s way, bearing in mind that love always wins. In what manner this win or victory will manifest itself may be unclear to you, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. It may not come in a form that you imagined or initially wished for, but God works out all things for the good of those who love Him. Therefore, trust Him.
To love unconditionally isn’t easy, but with God’s wisdom and grace, it is possible. It may seem foolish and unfair, and you may feel that this command leaves you cheated and humiliated. It may be that all you’ve ever been in most relationships is the giver and never the object of affection. You feel drained and tired and you think you have no more left to give. It looks like God has failed you in this way, and you long for once in your life to be the one that is shown love.
Does this describe you?
Remember that you are truly loved by God and seen by Him—He is Jehovah Roi (Genesis 16:13-14). He has your name in the palm of His hand, and He records all your tears (Psalm 56:8). He has a plan for your life that will end in goodness and hope, and not one that will cause you harm (Jeremiah 29:11-14). Continue to trust and obey Him (Proverbs 3:5-6), and your dawn will come (Psalm 37:6-15). Do not change the beautiful person that you are because of the negative people and circumstances that have come your way (Hebrews 10:35-39). Instead, trust God’s way that has proven true (Isaiah 55:8-13).
As Easter approaches, take all of your hurt, brokenness, and confusion and lay it at the feet of Jesus. He alone can change your heart because you can’t do this by yourself. You may not even recognize how/when it will happen. But one day, you’ll wake up and realize that you’re more joyful and more at peace than yesterday. You’ll see that though you’re not perfect, you’re also not the same as you were yesterday. Let this knowledge give you hope that tomorrow, too, you will be better than you are today.
Have a lovely Easter celebration!
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
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