Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 1 Cor. 13:4 KJV.

Yes! When you have true love towards others, you don’t envy them, you are not proud and boastful. You humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.

When you love sincerely and wholeheartedly, you are not easily offended, you don’t seek revenge.
That’s where the word of God in Rom 12: 19 comes into effect.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”. Romans 12:19 KJV.

We are told not to seek revenge or vengeance but rather to hand everything over to God almighty.
Talking about love still, we are commanded to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us and despitefully use us.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”. Matt 5:44 KJV.
This question of loving our enemy or enemies is usually the area in which many of us Christians fail woefully. Why?
Firstly, because we are not perfected in our love walk yet.
Secondly, our human nature is prone to seeking revenge.
Thirdly, it is is difficult to forgive someone who is unrepentant, who does not see anything wrong with their actions or behavior and are continuing in the wrong doing. Worst still, if it is a self proclaimed ‘Christian’ without conscience and without remorse.
However, there is no excuse not to forgive, it doesn’t matter if they apologize or not. The Bible did not say they must repent first and apologize before we forgive them. We are to forgive at all times.
Even Peter in Matt 18: 21-22, thought that forgiving someone seven (7) times would have been enough but Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior said, seventy times seven, that is four hundred and forty (490) times. How are you going to calculate that?
When someone offends you once, you say this is one time, and you start counting from there or are you going to write them down? That is a task you don’t want to undertake.
Jesus knew that we can’t spend our time counting the number of times we are offended, just go ahead and forgive and move on with your life. It’s easier said than done.
However, the word of God is very clear in this, if we do not forgive, nether will our heavenly father forgive us.
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. Matt 6:15 KJV.

From time to time I like to write on love and forgiveness because of my own personal experiences, I was badly hurt over the years and I struggled with unforgiveness and it almost destroyed me physically and spiritually, I cried out to God almighty and he heard me and delivered me, so I make it a duty to remind my fellow human beings to forgive.
I once heard this saying, “forgive and set a prisoner free, only to realize that you have been the prisoner”. It is so true.
I pray that you will let go of unforgiveness today, ask God to help you forgive.
As long as we live in this human flesh, offence will occur either from family members, co workers, church members or even total strangers.
Learn to let go and move on with your life through the power of God almighty, his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Almighty Father, today I pray for that brother or sister who is struggling to forgive an offence, dear Lord it can be very difficult at times to let go but I pray today Lord that you will minister live and forgiveness unto them, teach them how to forgive through your love, that they will learn to forgive and love through you in Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen. God bless you. Shalom!