This continues the post Forgiveness: The Word We Most Need to Hear
What do you do to strengthen your heart while you wait for the forgiveness your heart longs for?
- Remember that there is ONE who forgives perfectly and rejoice in Him (Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess. 5:16-18).
- Put your trust in God, not in a human capacity to forgive (Prov. 3:5-6).
- Pray that your antagonist will not harden their heart toward God’s convicting Spirit (1 Tim. 1:18-19) [Far more dire consequences than lack of reconciliation with you are spoken of for the one who will not forgive. Pray for them.]
- Overcome the evil of others with the goodness of your actions and prayer (Rom. 12:17-21).
- Meditate on the 12th chapter of Romans–especially verses 9-18 and on all the verses quoted in these points.
- Look with hope to the grace of God. He has not forgotten you.
Romans 12:9–18 (ESV)
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.