"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV).
When hurtful things are said to someone you love it is often harder to forgive than when it is a personal attack. I want to defend and correct the things that were said in error and make the person understand how wrong he/she is. Words can cut like a knife and often people don't realize how badly a person can be hurt by things that are said.
Forgiveness sometimes takes time for healing to happen and so the hurt can be let go. But God calls us to forgive so that our own sins can be forgiven. The longer we hold anger and unforgiveness the worse we feel. Once the hurt is released there is a peace that comes to fill the hole where unforgiveness lived and burdened you.
Lord, heal my broken heart and repair it so forgiveness and peace can move in and bring healing to my emotions and my soul. Amen.