Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
“But you don’t know how he/she hurt me!”, you may say. Can I say a bit more about forgiveness today?
We have all been hurt and we have all offended someone at sometime in our lives. My first response to being hurt or hurting someone else is, well, I must admit this, it’s defensiveness. Whether I have been hurt and lash out in defense or I have intentionally or unintentionally hurt someone else, my go to response is to defend myself.