From Grievance to Greatness
"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
Forgiveness leads us to greater love for another. This is true because asking forgiveness can lead someone, who you did have a grievance with, to become a friend. The idea of asking someone for forgiveness demonstrates love. People who harbor bitterness and unforgiveness don't ask for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness shows that you want to move on from being offended and that you don’t want to hold onto pain, resentment, or anger. As the adage says, take lemons (the bitterness of life) and make lemonade.
The Bible tells us that we need to be compassionate towards each other and forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32). The use of the word compassion shows that we have to forgive out of love for one another and that there no longer can be any feeling of bitterness or anger left within in us. So let your grievance become the opportunity for a great friendship. Understanding this will help you move past grievances to greatness.
Lord Jesus, forgive me when I don't make room for other's behavior toward me the way I make room for my own behavior. Help me to be compassionate and understanding over trying to be right and getting even. Thank you for Your wonderful work in my heart, so that I can extend forgiveness and grace to those who offend me. In Your name, Amen.