Turn The Other Cheek

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Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind Printable Prayer Card By Falala Designs
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Love, isn't it a wonderful thing! We try so hard to focus on loving others that sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees and realise what it encompasses. I was unfortunate, or maybe fortunate, enough to have someone dislike me for no reason and start trying to bring me down by spreading lies and nastiness about me behind my back. It was and is horrific. Over 3 years more and more things happened, spreading through my work turning people against me and making me feel worse and worse until I couldn't take it any longer and my mental health deteriorated to a point of trying to kill myself. Yes, it was that bad. I was constantly telling the others that I worked with to ignore it, not to try and take revenge or try to get back at the person. None of them could understand my unwillingness to want to take retribution.

It comes down to one thing alone, LOVE. Love and forgiveness are intertwined so much that they cannot be separated. You cannot say that you are living the Father's love in your life if you are holding a grievance with someone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not by any stretch saying that it's easy to love someone who has wronged us, it's not. It can be the hardest thing you have to do as a Christian, to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply. Let's try turning it around, think about the wrongs that we do in our own lives and how that makes our Father feel. Every sin we commit, and I know in my own life that it's many, is like a stab to the heart to Him. So how many times do we have to forgive someone who hurts us? The Bible is very clear on this too.

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! ~ Matthew 18: 21-22
In short, we should continually forgive, every single time. Just as God forgives us every time, we should forgive others every time. It doesn't mean that it's an easy thing to do but something that we should be constantly striving to do. If we pray for help forgiving, chances are God will give us opportunities to learn how to do so. Loving as He loves means loving even those who hurt us. Jesus' last words on the cross were a prayer to His Father, asking for forgiveness for the ones who were hurting Him, even though He was in insurmountable pain He was still able to call out forgiveness. The last thing he did.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” ~ Luke 23:34
One thing that I constantly remind myself of is "Hate breeds Hate", so that I remember that if I hold that grudge in my heart it will only grow more hatred inside of me and how can I love if I'm breeding hatred? In exactly the same way, "Love breeds Love" and to love more we have to have pure hearts that are full of love, not vengeance.  We will get our gifts in Heaven if we can live the lives He wants us to live on earth. During the Sermon on the Mount we are told crystal clearly about forgiveness and how our Father will treat those who cannot forgive.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. ~ Matthew 6:14-15    
Learning forgiveness is an important part of our spiritual growth, and to grow closer to our God we must learn how to forgive those who hurt us. Learn to turn the other cheek for we will see the benefits in the future.

God Bless,
Effie

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