The thought of spending an evening exchanging pleasantries with the one who stabbed you in the back can tie your stomach in knots. After you forgive, how do treat someone who hasn’t changed? Here are two guiding principles.
Don’t face this alone
Remember Jesus’ words: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” (Matt. 11:28-30, NASB)
A yoke “is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs.” When you are yoked to Jesus, He shares your burden. He shows you how to handle the situation as it unfolds
Claim His promises from Psalm 23.
- I believe my Shepherd provides everything I need, when I need it.
- I believe He is guiding my every step in the right way.