I got fighting mad last week.
Actually, I didn’t have good reason to be angry. No one had wronged me. Someone had, however, mistreated one of my friends. Malicious, false statements were directed toward my buddy (let’s call him Stan)- and when the guilty party was approached about it- he lied about being involved.
The truth eventually came out, however, and the offender confessed to their slander and the lie to cover it up.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19
I was mad. Angry. I couldn’t believe this guy could have such a lack of respect toward Stan.
A couple of days after the incident, I had a long conversation with Stan. I asked him how this would impact his relationship with this fellow. His response caught me off guard.
“I’m going to forgive him.”
And he had. As we talked, I could tell that Stan had a sense of peace about the situation. Stan said that this fellow had experienced enough embarrassment from being caught in the lie- and that was punishment enough.
Stan had released any anger and animosity that he felt from the situation.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
Stan had chosen to forgive. And if he could do that, I certainly should let go of my resentment too.
Be kind to one another, tenderharted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
My prayer is to have a more forgiving heart- and to ask forgiveness from those I’ve hurt.
Please pray for me and let me know how I may pray for you.