Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Why do we allow the things that someone else has done to us to hold us captive in our mind and rob us of our own peace and joy? So you're probably wandering, how exactly can someone else hold me prisoner or even rob me of my own peace and joy? Well when someone has wronged us, we constantly think about it because we may feel hurt, rejected, offended, etc. And whatever we're feeling at the time, that emotion can slightly become a grudge, building a barrier around our heart to protect ourselves from anyone else that we think may would try to do hurt us. These so called barriers of protection that we build only leads to loneliness, resentment, anger, and so many other emotions. Just because how you feel, unknowingly you may be operating in a state of brokenness instead of love to those around you which could probably effect them which can probably lead them into unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is a bitter fruit that not only holds the person captive that you are angry at but it holds you captive as well. The best thing you can do is forgive. You must ask yourself, how long will you be held captive when Jesus already opened the prison cell for you? As long as you continue to hold on to unforgiveness, you will always have an open wound because those grudges that you hold on to will always be there to remind you of the experience you had, the person who did it and how it made you feel. Please understand no matter how hard the bruise was, you must place it in God's hand. For some, the process to forgiveness can happen overnight but for others it can be a journey. God will not let you go alone on your journey from unforgiveness to forgiveness. This is a process and this too shall pass. The door is already opened for you to walk out from a place of bondage and into a place of freedom, joy and peace. Always remember that Jesus is right there with you every step on your journey and remember when you let go and forgive, not only do you release yourself from being a prisoner, but you allow the Father to forgive you as well.
( Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.") So my question today is, if God can forgive then why can't we?