"If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men." Romans 12:18 (NASB)
I've been thinking about this verse lately and the call that it places on our lives as it relates to prayer. Unfortunately you and I can't control every other person on the planet, it's a bummer I know, it's something I lament at least weekly.
As a result, sometimes people say and do really hurtful things to us that cause our hearts to enter into a state of unforgiveness. We hold grudges, we bake, we stew, we plot over the perceived wrong and then we arrive at what we think is health when we say things like, "I'm over it, it is what it is." or my favorite statement, "It doesn't bother me, I'm done with it."
My challenge for you today is to really think through whether or not you're truly "done with it". You see no matter how "done with it" we say we are, we're not really "done with it" while we still harbor unforgiveness in our hearts. Jesus Himself said it like this when teaching us how to pray in Matthew 6:15 (NASB), "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions."
Let's commit to really being "done with it" by not just moving on and shoving it to the back our hearts and minds. Let's forgive. Let's spend some time in prayer asking God to bring peace to that fractured space of our lives. The relationship may never be the same but our hearts and minds will find peace. Be encouraged and keep moving forward.
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