When someone really does us wrong, there can be times that it’s tough to forgive, right? It presses us to the edge of ourselves where we’re forced to acknowledge there is a God who is greater than the wrong that has been done to us–that He can redeem it. And, in this acknowledgment, we recognize that no one can do anything that will ultimately destroy us.
Someone may stop loving you, insult you, steal from you, or abuse you, but they will never be able to destroy the love that God has for you or His sovereign rule over your life. They will never be able to destroy God’s plan to weave what has happened to you into a greater good. Someone may do you wrong, but God’s redeeming love is bigger—and He is bigger than your enemies. He is more powerful, more wise, and He knows the beginning from the end. He is sovereign. This is what Joseph acknowledged after his brothers threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.”
I invite you to think about something someone has done to you that has demanded forgiveness. Do you believe God is able to bring good out of the bad? Are you confident that His rule is sovereign? If so, let the person who has wronged you off the hook. Stop wishing that God would hurt them. Stop replaying the injustice in your mind. Stop telling people what they did. Stop wanting them to pay. Stop thinking that they have ruined your life and that you will never recover—because God is a redeemer. Seeing your situation with eyes of redemption will change your perspective and it will do your heart good. God isn’t done writing your story. He will weave the injustices into a greater whole. Isn’t this the promise of Romans 8:28? Do you believe it?