In today's world, there's a lot of negativity and hatred. One can see this just by looking at the newspaper or television. If you glance through the comments on any post, hatred fills the spaces. When we see this or someone acts against us, we have two options.
1. We can dwell on it and allow it to consume us while causing more anger within us to stir. Thus, allowing someone else to steal your joy for that moment in time.
2. Forgive them quickly and move on.
When we allow someone to control us like this, we are only allowing time for the enemy to jump in and cause more damage. Through God, we are supposed to forgive quickly. Forgiveness is a key part of the Christian faith.
Matthew 6:14-15 says, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
There it is. In God's words. We are supposed to be kind and forgive one another. What do you think the world would look like if more people lived by these rules? I understand that it's hard to let go and just move on. Believe me. I struggle with this sometimes too. I dislike when people hurt me, especially when it's someone who I love very much.
How can we overcome this?
As of lately, I have been tested over and over with forgiveness. Attitudes flair up. Mean words have been spoken. Negativity flooded my surroundings. Before I did anything, I took a breath and collected myself. This way I could control my anger. I didn't want to say anything that I would regret later on. After I collected myself, I thought on how I could positively add to the situation. If I figured out that I couldn't add into it, I kept my mouth quiet. Only when I have something to add that will help in a good way, I share what is on my mind. This seems to help out a great bit. Why not give that a try?