I had discipleship session with the girls last night. And what a very timely topic we had for our discussion.
As of the moment, we are all struggling for this because someone from our church, somebody whom we trusted, somebody whom we entrusted our youth betrayed us all (well, that's how we feel right now) and we are all hurting specially the youth.
So last night, God reminded us all that forgiveness means PRAYING for that somebody who hurt you
Matthew 5:44 said
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
Forgiveness also means that you don't take revenge for your self, you try to live at peace with that person. Remember that God will avenge for you.
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord."
Forgiveness means doing good to that someone who wronged you. You not only live at peace wih him, you don't take revenge but instead YOU DO GOOD TO THEM.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
I know it is quite hard to do that but that is what God wants us to do. It is hard but if we abide in Christ and His love overflows in us, we will be able to do it because we were also FORGIVEN.
I know it's a long way to go for our youth and for our whole church but God is a God of restoration and forgiveness. We will recover in time.