You’re attending an event. The person who wronged you will be there. You forgave them, but you don’t trust them. They show no evidence of change or remorse. Maybe they said they’re sorry “you’re hurt,” but they won’t admit their wrong. How do you handle the situation?
Last time we began our look at how to maintain our FREEDOM. The M in FREEDOM is: Manage yourself.
When someone is in the wrong, we want to help that person see the light, change her ways, and stop hurting us. But we don’t have the power to change her. We only frustrate ourselves when we continue to try. It is better to accept responsibility for what we can manage—ourselves.
The day we learn we are responsible for only our own actions and attitudes is our liberation day. God supplies self-control, not other-control.
“We’ll all stand before God’s judgment seat. Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God,” (Romans 14:10, 12, NIV).
Before we discuss how to treat the wrongdoer, let’s lay some groundwork on what is and isn’t required.
- You don’t have to approach the person who wronged you to forgive them.Continue Reading