At one time or another, we hurt the ones we love – whether we mean to or not. Sometimes we’re just being selfish – totally self-absorbed, and we don’t even realize the level of pain our actions will cause for our spouses. Whatever the reason, it simply shouldn’t happen – in a perfect world.
But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fallen world. And we all need forgiveness. And as Christians, we are required to forgive one another. Jesus said so.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ~ Matthew 6:14-15
Even so, we all have the ability – and tendency – to harbor resentment. It’s the human way – that is, it’s our natural bent. We want to get even. To punish the one who hurt us.
Yes, you can decide not to forgive. It’s completely your choice.
And it’s the easier route … or is it?