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By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

I had an epiphany today.

Forgiveness is critical to how our lives end both emotionally and physically. Bitterness, anger, and hate are all tied to unforgiveness. These emotions are destructive to our mental health and our physical well being.

Satan uses ungodly behaviors in people to try and bring us down. This why we cannot hate anyone. They don’t know their behaviors are orchestrated by the father of lies to tear down and destroy the innocent. Yes, it’s true they are responsible for their actions. However, we must remember godly people don’t display these characteristics. On the other hand, ungodly people do. You see, they don’t care about you when they don’t care or respect themselves. This should make you feel sad and sorry for them. They are completely deceived. They are in a dangerous place.

Therefore, we are not dealing with children of light. This means they are deceived because of choices they have made to follow the father of lies and darkness. When we look at people who hurt us from this lens, we open our hearts to pity them. Really, it’s sad to see they will end in destruction. Hating, getting angry, and revenge is not the answer. It’s counterproductive. This doesn’t help you or them.

So what’s the answer? Prayer and forgiveness!

We set ourselves free when we pray for them and forgive their trans passes against us. This sets us free, they loose all their power over us and we become guiltless before the eyes of God. Our sins are forgiven, our prayers become answered, we are healed, and we receive the blessings. Can you get better then this?

Our lives are meant to be lived in full victory, not one of pretense, make believe, and conniving. Those people only fool themselves. Don’t get caught up. Go to higher ground, forgive, and do it quickly. What they do or have done is judged by God, not you and me. We are not given that right.

Remember, live your life with integrity and character. Decide to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and holiness. This is where real joy is found and blessings abound. Yay, God!!!

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you,” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Quickly get rid of everything that would hold you in a jail of negative emotions. Forgive. Freely we have been forgiven and freely we must forgive. Do it cheerfully and mean it. Think of how God so kindly and lovingly forgave us, then with a heart full of gratitude we extend the same courtesy to others. Let’s show compassion and love.



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