I wish to encourage you, again today, to take care of your heart. Sometimes it only takes a small offense, an expression or glance, a slightly misspoken word, for bitterness to rise up in our inner beings. So today, here’s an encouragement from Sara Horn’s book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? , to help us forgive quickly…
“By offering the benefit of the doubt to others when they do something that disappoints us, we remind ourselves that we’re all human and mistakes can happen.”
Imagine this scene: one morning, a co-worker at your office doesn’t say hello to you, and all morning long, you wonder what you did to him to have deserved this disregard. A thousand questions are running through your mind, and all these unanswered questions begin to turn into resentment in your heart by the end of the day.
Several days later, you remember that this person is going through a difficult family situation…Suddenly, you realize that you misinterpreted his disinterest in you.
As the Bible says, “[Love] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.” (1 Corinthians 13:5, NKJV)
Act with love and think no evil of others…in other words, don’t suspect others of evil intentions. Wait to have a clear explanation before letting your imagination take control of the situation.
Don’t allow these kinds of situations to wound your heart and dominate your thoughts and feelings!
Remember that God wants the best for you…and for your heart.
Receive His peace, joy, and serenity today!