Trusting God is hard. Even more so when we’ve been wronged.
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Dave: Forgiveness is difficult.
Jeff: I think we’d prefer revenge in most cases. But consider Jesus’ example:
Dave: 1 Peter 2:23-24 says, “When they hurled their insults at [Jesus], he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
Jeff: He trusted himself, he committed himself, he surrender himself to God when people were doing wrong!
Dave: This is a crux of forgiveness.
Jeff: The ability to trust that God will judge the right way.
Dave: Trusting that God will look out for you.
Jeff: If you don’t trust God, it will be immensely difficult to forgive, because you only believe in your ability to make things right.
Dave: But God can make it right. He can look out for you.
Jeff: Don’t retaliate when you’re insulted.
Dave: When you suffer, don’t make threats.
Jeff: Instead, surrender to God.
Dave: Trust God.
Jeff: Believe that God, who judges everything the right way, will see you and what you’re going through and deal with you – and everyone else – the right way.