Forgiveness: How Christians should react when someone hurts them

(Wikimedia Commons/Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation))Forgive so that your sins may be forgiven.

Christians, especially the newly converted ones, usually have the notion that their faith is enough to make everything run smoothly. They think that the peace and joy from Christ is enough to hinder all of the difficulties in life.

However, most of the time, Christians are being offended because of their faith and belief. Following Christ's way is not an easy path. It is like carrying His cross, but only a different kind of cross. It is a cross that includes temptation, sacrifice, condemnation, persecution and rejection.

Christian life is not all about praise and worship. It is also about having to endure hardships and sufferings as well as having to sacrifice personal desires for the sake of others.

People are weak in nature and can make mistakes. Doing something wrong is inevitable. It is a common reaction to take revenge after being hurt, but revenge is not the right thing to do.

On Sept. 21, 2016, Pope Francis told his audience in Rome that, "We don't have the power to condemn our brother who makes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him to the dignity of a son of the father and to accompany him on his path of conversion."

God is aware of His people's weaknesses. God knows that people may hurt one another. So, through His son, Jesus, He tells Christians to love and forgive one another.

Jesus said in Luke 6:27, "But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you."

This passage may be brief, but this could be considered as the most difficult commandment of all. How can you forgive someone who has hurt you?

Pope John Paul II showed an illustration of forgiveness after he had been shot by an assassin at St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, leaving him injured. After his operation, the pope visited his attacker in prison, and forgave him.

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