Must I forgive someone even if they keep on hurting me?
‘Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ (Luke 23vs34)
No-one had asked Jesus for forgiveness. In fact, His enemies are in the midst of killing Him in one of the most inhumane ways known to man. But He calls out forgiveness for them anyways.
My friend Rob had this picture of two hooks joined by some fishing gut. One hook in you and one in the person who wronged you. Forgiveness is like taking the hook out of yourself and handing it to God. God will still deal with the other person but you are refusing to be hurt any more by the wrong that has been done.
Are there hooks hurting you? Anyone you need to release right now?