June 4, 2018

Clutching Barbed Wire

By: Jori Hanna [Centennial, CO]

“If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Matthew 6:14 (NIV)

Sometimes we feel as if the world is against us. A friend betrays us, we don’t get the grade or the recognition we were expecting, or we are accused of something we didn’t do. Yet even in those times, God sees us—the tears we shed in hiding, the prayers we shout into the air, the cries of confusion when we wonder, “What happened, Lord?” Sometimes, our pain feels like barbed wire biting into our skin.

Rather than holding on to bitterness, anger, and disappointment, rather than shouting to the wind with a clenched fist because we have been wronged, we can release our pain to the One who knows our hurt and can teach us to forgive. God alone can heal our wounds.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to trust you with our pain and to release the bitterness we carry. We want to forgive those who have hurt us. Teach us how, Lord. Amen.

Keep A Journal

Each day, write down the good things people have done for you or said to you. Read through these pages often so that you never forget the kindness of others.


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