Burden

CrucifixionHas someone wronged you, and you just cannot seem to get past the hurt, the anger, the sense of betrayal? You’ve tried over and over to forgive from the heart but, if you’re honest with yourself and with God, you still feel bitter about it, still want to get even, still want to be proven right.

It’s entirely understandable. Like grieving, forgiveness is a process. Don’t expect it to be done with overnight. Take courage. Ground won inch by inch is more precious than real estate that is simply handed to us.

Isaiah, looking ahead to Christ, said, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Yes, this verse speaks to our own sin, but it also encompasses the iniquity of the one who has wronged us.

We carry around the burden of this person’s sin needlessly. Jesus took it upon Himself at the cross, so let Him carry it. Relieve yourself of this burden. It wasn’t meant for you. It is far too heavy. Give it to Jesus.

Lord, I forgive; help my unforgiveness!

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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