Please read “My friend was acting distantto get the beginning of the story.
I honestly thought I had no ill feelings towards XZ but after we spoke, I realized that I had been harboring some feelings of resentment towards her. I didn’t want to forgive XZ for suddenly shutting me out. I felt hurt. I decided that I would avoid any activities that would make us cross paths but I knew it was wrong to think this way. In recent times, I have been praying for God to teach me how to love. How to die to pride and selfishness.
So, I prayed about my feelings and God opened my eyes to see that I needed to let it go because it was eating me up. Not forgiving prevents God from forgiving me. After all, the Lord’s prayer says, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”.
Besides, I had some blame in the matter but even if I didn’t, I was ready to just let it go.
I went back to talk to her about my thoughts and to apologize for not being there for her.
To cut a long story short, I let go of the hurt. As soon as I decided to do this, forgiveness flooded my heart and all those ill feelings are gone. God healed me of the hurt and gave me the grace to forgive.
In the beginning of our newly found friendship, I was a bit unsure of where it was heading but I am so glad to say that we are back to being best of friends. God truly heals relationships. My heart is at rest.
Are you harboring resentment towards someone? Are you hurt? Is your heart broken? Ask God for grace to forgive.
Next week Thursday, I’ll be talking about what to do if a friend suddenly starts acting distant.
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